I’m trying out a new website concept. dotTV.

Instead of having a YouTube account, the idea is to have your very own web address to display videos. But, it’s more like mySpace or Facebook, since it’s a social network setting, with blog, photos, friends, and all the ‘latest’ crap.

Instead of an address like http://www.youtube.com/briantshea or http://www.myspace.com/briantshea, I can have www.totalbs.tv or www.7sages.tv.

What’s the big deal? It could prove to be nothing. But, currently, the way it’s setup, I can grab any video from any of the major sites, plus add my own videos directly to the site. So, it can be used as a consolidation of all your favorites, at your very own ‘channel’, with your own address.

The potential is revenue. It’s still in a young state, but supposedly there is revenue sharing on these channels. So, if people are visiting my channel, and ads are displayed on the site, I share some of the revenue. Unknown amounts, and probably tiny, but interesting concept.

Seven Sages, using it's www.7SagesDomains.com website, has partnered with Enom and ChannelMe.tv to create a turn-key solutions for creating your own ad-revenue generating TV channel online.

So far, it only costs the price of the domain name registration, .tv (dotTV) names are a bit more expensive. The normal price of .tv domains are about $30-$50. So, annual renewals might be $40, but not sure yet. But the ‘channel’ setup, currently, is free. Think of it as a personalized mySpace, for the price of a name.

I’ll give more info as I learn more. Let me know if you’re interested in trying one out.

As of today (Jan 2008), the ad revenue setup is flaky. This is not based on traffic to the two sites totalbs.tv and 7sages.tv (which have no real content, and therefore no traffic). I've been monitoring different forums following the special setup ChannelMe.tv is using for ads. It is NOT living up to the hype just yet. If anything, it at least gives us a feel for things to come, where websites can have extensions to their normal sites. An example might be a food forum like EatLikeANative.com, where they can have a place to put together a full TV channel of food related videos at EatLikeANative.tv.

The concept is in it's infancy. This is something to watch for the future.

Brian