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  • This week’s new TLDs: .Bayern, .ovh and .deals

    1. BY - Sep 29, 2014
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    A geo and an open .brand top level domain name launch this week.

    It’s a slow week again for new top level domain names, and that will be the case going forward for awhile.

    On Tuesday, the geo domain .bayern (Bavaria) launches.

    On Wednesday, Donuts releases .deals in general availability. .City will enter the Early Access Phase.

    Next week Donuts won’t send any domains to EAP, as it is running low on domain names to release.

    There’s an interesting launch on Thursday. OVH, One of Europe’s largest webhosts, launches .ovh. Although it’s a brand, they’re opening it up to everyone.

    According to the company, it announced .ovh as an April Fools’ joke back in 2009 and received 22,000 requests to register them. That convinced the company to apply for .ovh when ICANN opened up the new TLD program.

  • Minds + Machines’ numbers show new TLD auctions are getting out of control

    1. BY - Sep 24, 2014
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    Highly contested new TLD auctions are likely ending well above $10 million.

    Minds + Machines put out a press release today about winning the .law and .vip domain names at auction, and the numbers in it provide hints about how much companies are paying to win private auctions for new TLDs. If my math is right, these new TLD auctions are getting out of control.

    The company won .law and .vip, but lost five auctions: .design, .flowers, .group, .realestate and .video. Its net cash inflow from the losses after paying for the wins was $6.2 million.

    The .VIP auction was an ICANN-facilitated auction, which means we know the exact price: $3,000,888. That means that Minds + Machines grossed at least $9.2 million from losing the auctions, plus whatever it paid for .law. Click to continue reading…

  • New TLD rollout to slow down as Donuts runs low on domains

    1. BY - Sep 23, 2014
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    Boxes of uncontested Donuts running low.

    DonutsThe number of new top level domain names hitting the market each week is about to slow down.

    Every week since the beginning of February, Donuts has released at least one top level domain name. Most weeks it has released at least three domains.

    That’s about to come to an end.

    According to the company’s launch calendar, just ten more domain names are currently scheduled to launch in Early Access the rest of this year. There will be stretches of weeks in which no Donuts domains hit the market.

    Most of the domains Donuts has launched so far were uncontested applications. A handful of others were in contention sets resolved privately early on.

    Donuts slower schedule might create an opportunity for other registry operators to get a bit more attention. Although honestly, even if just a few domains launch each week, it’s still hard to stand out.

  • CentralNic: Early new TLD demand below industry expectations

    1. BY - Sep 23, 2014
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    Company says its registry operations are showing steady growth despite delays and low demand for new TLDs.

    CentralNic (AIM: CNIC) issued its interim financial report for the first half of 2014 today.

    The company, which is the backend registry operator for a number of top level domains, said it’s realizing steady growth in the registry “against a background of delays in new Top-Level Domains (TLDs) and early demand levels across the industry falling short of industry expectations.”

    In the same release, it mentions its investment in .Ticket registry Accent Media Ltd that values .Tickets at $13.5 million.


    Maybe, maybe not. I think the general line of thinking amongst new TLD backers is that initial demand was lower than expected, but they still think the long game plays out well for them.

    That’s the only explanation for companies paying what they are to win contention sets.

    That, or they all think they’re the exception that will do better than their competitors.

  • A much slower week ahead for new TLDs

    1. BY - Sep 22, 2014
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    A slower week, but still a lot of TLDs will hit the market.

    After an incredibly busy week with 16 new TLD launches last week, this week slows down quite a bit.

    Scotland didn’t vote to break off from the United Kingdom, but it does launch its .scot domain name on Tuesday. So ‘yes’ voters can at least feel a bit of national pride. Click to continue reading…