Buy StarTrek.TV for $250,000!

By Christian
April 9, 2000 - 2:10 PM

Okay, this is only borderline Trek-related, but it's simply too fun to let pass - CNet is reporting that the tiny Pacific Island nation of Tuvalo has made a $50 million deal with the DotTV corporation, allowing DotTV to sell web addresses ending in '.tv'. DotTV will now be paying the country a minimum of $1 million per quarter, meaning the country's income per capita just rose by 50%.

On its web site, DotTV has already started auctioning dot-tv domain names, which they anticipate will be a hot property in the entertainment world. Below are just some of the prices they're asking for domains you might be interested in:

  • StarTrek.TV - $250,000 per year.
  • StarWars.TV - $250,000 per year.
  • Paramount.TV - $250,000 per year.
  • UPN.TV - $250,000 per year.
  • Voyager.TV - $250,000 per year.
  • Enterprise.TV - $20,000 per year.
  • DS9.TV - $5,000 per year.
  • TNG.TV - $5,000 per year.
  • Trek.TV - $4,000 per year.
  • Andromeda.TV - $4,000 per year.
  • Star-Trek.TV - $1,000 per year.
Interestingly, the site notes that the domain DeepSpaceNine.TV is not available, even though typing in that address just redirects you to the main DotTV site. I wonder what the story behind that is. Impressive as the above prices may seem, DotTV is actually asking a minimum of $1 million for addresses such as MSN.TV or the ever-popular Sex.TV, but StarTrek.TV does manage to beat properties such as ($20,000) or even the seemingly obvious ($13,000).

Meanwhile, Tuvalu itself is obviously more than happy with this. Lying in the middle of the ocean, it's only export product are a few coconuts, and its 10,000 people have now suddenly seen a dramatic rise in income. They'll probably be able to spend this money in a useful manner, as Tuvalu is actually a country threatened by complete disappearance if the sea level rises any further - discussions are already underway with New Zealand to provide living space for half the Tuvaluans.

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