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Dot TV domain names in the news
Techcrunch is covering a story about i.tv as they have just acquired the company GetGlue.com, It appears that i.tv launched in 2008 on the single character dot tv domain name, Here in the UK we have TV Channel named ITV and they have the rights to major shows such as XFactor, Britains Got Talent and Downton Abbey etc – They operate the domain name ITV.com & ITV.co.uk
I myself haven’t invested in many DOT TV domain names, I own a few and have sold a few also over the years with mfc.tv, cfc.tv were sold privately for four figures and purchased for reg fee and I had also purchased Compensation.tv for reg fee and sold it way to cheap many years ago in an auction but hey such is life you and you learn and can’t look back, I also until a few months ago owned Compensation.us – I had it at a domain registration service I don’t normally use and I had a credit card that expired on auto renew and it ended up getting dropped but look like another domainer has picked it up only last week.
Mike Berkens of TheDomains.com has a nice portfolio of over 1000+ .TV domains also that he has had some success in selling over the years, I am still a huge believer in DOT Com domain names however I can see a market for .TV doing well but will .whatever have a new effect on .TV aftermarket?
Does anyone know what I.TV sold for? The domain name has a whois record from 2003
The current owner of I.TV according to Whoisology.com is associated with 17 other domain names and they are a mixture of .COM, .NET and .ORG
Anyway back to the story below from TC about I.TV
Provo, Utah-based video discovery startup i.TV has acquired GetGlue, we’ve learned, as consolidation in the market for second-screen or companion TV apps continues. The acquisition, which is expected to be announced soon, marks a bit of an inglorious exit for GetGlue, which had raised $24 million since being founded and had an earlier deal worth $70 million fall through earlier this year.
GetGlue, of course, was one of the early social TV pioneers, promising to help drive mobile and tablet users to tune in to more TV shows and get them more engaged with the content through its app. The idea was that people were already on their phones while they watched TV, so why not try to hook them on a new, TV-based social network?
Leveraging Foursquare-like check-ins to TV shows, the app helped users share what they were watching, hopefully driving others to watch that same thing as well. Later, as the hype around TV check-ins began to wane, GetGlue pivoted to be more of a TV discovery platform.
Last year, GetGlue had agree to be acquired by social TV competitor Viggle, a companybuoyed by billionaire investor and chairman Robert Sillerman. But that deal hinged on Viggle being able to secure additional funding from outside investors, and when that funding failed to materialize, the deal was called off.
Since then, GetGlue has apparently continued shopping itself around. It’s also shuffled management while looking for a buyer — over the summer it brought on digital media veteran Evan Krauss as president. And sometime between then and now founder and CEO Alex Iskold stepped down. He still remains chairman of the company, but sources say he’s not involved in day-to-day operations.
You probably know less about i.TV, a company which has also been around for about five years and was also founded with the hope of connecting mobile and tablet users with TV and streaming content they might find interesting.
After launching in 2008 to give video viewers with a mobile platform for finding and discovering interesting content, i.TV has been relatively quiet over the last several years. It had launched a few versions of an app that provided ways to browse and get more info about streaming video options, as well as a remote control to power navigating traditional TV offerings.
But behind the scenes, it seems to be working with various content providers — including Entertainment Weekly, as well as AOL-owned properties like Huffington Post TV and AOL TV — to power navigation and discovery of videos on their apps. A little more than a year ago, it got its biggest deal yet, as it powered video discovery for Nintendo’s Wii U (a device I don’t think anyone actually bought).
The company also has quietly raised some capital. In August, i.TV closed a $9.2 million round of funding, according to an SEC filing. But that funding isn’t going toward the purchase of GetGlue, as we’ve heard that the acquisition was an all-stock deal.
It’s not clear how the newly funded i.TV will use the GetGlue assets, or who will end up joining the company — if anyone. But this isn’t the first bit of consolidation among social TV, second-screen, or TV check-in apps. In January, Dijit Media, the company behind the NextGuide TV discovery app, acquired the assets of social TV startup Miso.