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Dot TV Domains for Media Websites

Updated on August 29, 2017

What is a dot TV Domain?

Most internet users are familiar with the .com and .net extensions used in the internet domain names we see in our browser address bars (eg. however there are a growing number of new extensions gaining popularity such as .tv for video sites like

A Country Code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) extension represents a country such as .us for the USA or .ca for Canada. Other ccTLD's are being adopted for their familiar meanings such as .fm and .tv

Technically the extension .tv represents the island nation of Tuvalu, however it's popular use as an acronym for 'television' has given it life as a popular domain extension for entertainment and broadcast websites featuring rich video content.

TV Trends

While still a newcomer on the block, .tv has seen a steady rise in popularity since it's introduction in 2006.

On December 14, 2006, VeriSign announced an alliance with Demand Media, run by ex-MySpace chairman Richard Rosenblatt to market the .tv Top Level Domain Name (TLD) as the preferred web address for rich media content.

This graphic from Google Trends shows .tv growth to date.

From Major League Baseball and Ultimate Fighting Championships to MTV Music Videos .TV is here!

Register a .TV Domain Name

The best keyword TV domains are mostly spoken for and can be found on the aftermarket at sites such as eBay however many good names are still available for fresh registration.

Unlike some country code extensions .TV domains are available for anyone to register. They are slightly more expensive then .com or .net in most cases running about $30 per year.

I recommend GoDaddy as an established trusted registrar.

.tv is a popular domain extension for entertainment and broadcast websites with rich video content.

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      Jaylynn 2 years ago

      That's a welutthough--olt answer to a challenging question

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      fcinternetmarketing 4 years ago

      I prefer T.V.

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      seodress 4 years ago

      I prefer T.V.

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      swepsteps 5 years ago

      This is the first time when I hear about this.

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      sarahjanes88 5 years ago

      .tv is certainly hot when you are a television station or show and stream live on the internet. Or you offer any type of video or streaming service.

      Otherwise I wouldn't waste my time with a .tv domain if it had no rich media on it!

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      Paul 6 years ago from Montreal

      @thickntech: Yes you could still use a .tv domain, it has no special requirements for how you use it. If your "native shows" are for a specific region you could also use a country code domain like .de .ca .it ect.

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      thickntech 6 years ago

      I've been struggling to start a site that host shows. (Our own native shows) and I've always been for the .TV domain. There's just something classic about it...One thing is that the shows aren't going to be aired on Television, Is it still ok to use a .tv domain?

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      ratetea 6 years ago

      I think the .TV domain name makes some sense for sites that are really about television, such as TV networks, or the official sites of various TV shows. But for a general website, I think TV has a cheap connotation. Other extensions, such as .net (connoting the web, or networking), or .us (connoting a US audience) seem more appropriate in these cases. It's all about the connotation you want. TV very strongly evokes the subject of television, so if the site isn't about television, I think it just looks cheap.

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      DotTV 8 years ago

      The information on this page about DotTV merely scratches the surface.

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      Paul 9 years ago from Montreal

      800 okay, thats reasonable...on some planets ;)

      very impressive, i have 3 but i think ill get the other one i was thinking of after hearing that heh.

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      qoofer 9 years ago

      Excellent lens. I love .tv names and own over 800 of them.

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      qoofer 9 years ago

      Excellent lens. I love .tv names and own over 800 of them.