SnapNames and Moniker to Auction Sought-After .tv Domain Names

Mar 09, 2011, 12:02 ET from,,,, to be Auctioned in March

LOS ANGELES, March 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SnapNames® and Moniker®, both companies, today announced that they have teamed with VeriSign, Inc., the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world, to auction previously reserved registry and third party .tv domain names at

The continued explosive growth in online video is making .tv an extremely relevant extension for reaching target audiences and site visitors and engaging them in new and exciting ways.  The auction will provide a rare opportunity to acquire highly desired .tv domain names and join the wealth of savvy businesses and content creators who are successfully using .tv.

The auction begins Wednesday, March 9, 2011 at noon US Eastern Time (9:00 a.m. US Pacific Time), and will run through Wednesday, March 23, 2011 at 3:15 p.m. US Eastern Time (12:15 p.m. US Pacific Time). This online auction features sought-after single-word and two-character .tv domain names, including:

Details can be found at:

Auction and .tv Promotion at SXSW

The auction and a $12.99 .tv domain name registration promotion will be featured at the SXSW Mashable House event on March 13 and 14, 2011, sponsored by .tv, Pepsi, Skifta and Sony.  To attend the Mashable event at Buffalo Billiards in Austin, Tex., visit: .tv domain name registrations are also available at $12.99 through April 30 at

"The power of video in search results is increasingly recognized and .tv is a very effective way to announce that a website contains video or other rich media," said Craig Snyder, vice president and general manager of's Aftermarket Division. "We're delighted that VeriSign chose to collaborate with Moniker and SnapNames for this premium .tv domain names auction. Our online auction platform provides opportunities to reach those at the forefront of interactive and online product innovation."

A .tv domain name is the best way to signal that a site has video, animation, audio or streaming content. From the web address alone, users know to expect playable content and an interactive online experience, key components for engaging visitor traffic.  In addition, research continues to validate the power of video. eMarketer estimates that in 2011, 68.2 percent of United States Internet users, or 158.1 million people, are watching video content online each month, and by 2015, that figure will increase to 76 percent of Internet users, or 195.5 million people.  In the same period, online video advertising spending will surge from $1.97 billion to $5.71 billion.

"VeriSign is thrilled to work with SnapNames and Moniker to give companies and individuals an opportunity to get ahead of the trend and gain access to the most valuable .tv domain names available," said Tom Correia, VeriSign's .tv product manager.  "With more people watching online video every day, we are seeing tremendous demand and anticipation to acquire premium .tv domain names through these exciting events."

About's Aftermarket and Registrar Division

Comprised of Moniker® and SnapNames®, Oversee's Aftermarket and Registrar Division offers businesses and individual investors an array of services for domain name registration, acquisition, management, appraisal, brokerage and sales. As a top ten registrar, Moniker introduced the live domain name auction concept. SnapNames operates the largest auction of expired and deleting domain names and gives its customers exclusive first access to the world's most valuable names every day. For more information, visit and