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Top 10 Domains Owned by Viacom: Including Atom.com, Bet.com and CC.com

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By James Iles, May 15, 2018
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    Viacom is one of America's largest brands and the ninth largest broadcasting company in the World. The company operates some of the most powerful brands in media including MTV, Paramount and Nickelodeon. With revenues of over $13 billion last year, the company is seemingly going from strength to strength.

    Aside from owning some of the most popular media brands, Viacom also owns an interesting array of domain names. Here, we have picked out our top ten domain names owned by Viacom in no particular order.


    MTV.com
    MTV, formerly known as Music Television, is one of Viacom's most recognised brands. Whilst its roots are firmly embedded in the music industry, lately, the channel has produced a number of reality TV shows.

    The domain MTV.com was originally registered by MTV VJ (video jockey) Adam Curry in 1993. A year later, MTV sued Curry to get the domain from him with Curry settling out of court to give MTV the name.


    Country.com
    Another of Viacom's most popular TV channels is CMT, also known as Country Music Television. As you might expect, CMT owns and operates CMT.com, but what you may not know is that the company also owns Country.com.

    This highly valuable one-word .COM, with an Estibot appraised value of $459,000, is currently redirecting to CMT.com.

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    Atom.com
    Founded in 1998, AtomFilms was an entertainment network for independent creators of movies and animation. The company was acquired by Viacom in 2006 around the same time that Google acquired YouTube.

    In 2012, Atom merged into CC Studios and the Atom.com domain has redirected to the Comedy Central website for some time.


    Bet.com
    Gambling domain names have always been a popular and lucrative niche with domains such as Gambling.com and eBet.com selling for seven-figure fees in the past. One of the best gambling domains, Bet.com, isn't actually used in relation to betting.

    BET is actually the initialism for Black Entertainment Television, with around 75% of households in the United States receiving the channel. The network started out on BETNetworks.com before smartly acquiring the domain Bet.com around the year 2000.


    Jokes.com
    Viacom has owned Jokes.com since 2002, but reports suggest that the company didn't actually fully utilise the name until 2008 when its Comedy Central brand created a hub of text-based jokes and video clips.

    This one-word .COM is still home to a database of jokes. Interestingly, the singular Joke.com is owned by DigiMedia.


    Nick.com
    As well as being a common one-word and first-name domain, Nick.com is home to Viacom's kids brand, Nickelodeon. Launched in October 1995, Nick.com is a great, memorable destination for the difficult-to-spell Nickelodeon.


    Spike.com
    Up until this year, Spike a general entertainment channel owned and operated by Viacom. In an announcement made by Viacom in 2017, Spike was going to be rebranded as Paramount Networks.

    From Spike.com, the channel will now have a new home at ParamountNetworks.com.


    CC.com
    There are only 676 two-letter .COM domains in existence, but there are just twenty-six double-repeating names. Companies such as Johnson & Johnson (JJ.com) and American Airlines (AA.com) join Viacom in owning one of these prestigious names.

    CC.com is used by Viacom as the home of the popular Comedy Central brand. It's unlikely to ever come up for sale, but from an investor's point of view, this is certainly a seven-figure name.


    Film.com
    Film.com is another common four-letter word owned by Viacom. Unlike Nick.com, Film.com isn't being put to great use with a dedicated site of its own. The domain currently redirects to an MTV movie blog.

    From research, it isn't clear why MTV owns Film.com, but it's an excellent domain nonetheless. Interestingly, the company doesn't own Movie.com or Movies.com. Those domains are owned by NBC and Comcast respectively.


    StandUp.com
    StandUp.com is one of Viacom's most recent acquisitions. In an August 2017 edition of Detected Domains, we noted that Standup.com had been acquired by Viacom from Reflex Publishing, a company known for selling very few domains throughout their history.

    StandUp.com has obvious connotations with stand-up comedy. As you might expect, StandUp.com is being used to promote stand-up comedy on Comedy Central.

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    The data here has been compiled with the help of DomainIQ's portfolio research toolkit. What is your favourite domain from the list?
     
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  6. jstenn13

    jstenn13 UltraDomains.com

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    Some great domains, that's for sure. Thanks for sharing
     
  7. Brandmore

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    Nice names, that would be a dreamlike portfolio for many domainers!
     
  8. elevator

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    This company has invested so much on domain names, you can imagine redirecting Film.com a six figure worth domain name to another six figure worthy domain name.

    Well! Thank you @James Iles for this excellent work
     
  9. FolioTeam

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    Thanks for sharing. Really great names
     
  10. DOMAIN ILLUMINATI

    DOMAIN ILLUMINATI Owner of ▲ the most expensive domain of all time. Gold Account

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    I am sure they would love to own via.com because theyyy don't own it!?
     
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    my favourite domain in this list is bet.com
     
  12. Isaac Meeya

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    bet.com tops the list.
     
  13. Satyajit Adhikary

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    IMO cc.com tops the list here
     
  14. Winnie777

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    I love cc.com... it could be a lot of things...
     
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    I like Bet .com more than others
     
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    All those are 7 figures sales to the right buyer. Simply amazing names. Thanks for sharing
     
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    Jokes.com is much better than Joke.com
    Impressive it is developed and further strive to improve it.
     
  20. ntjedge

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    My vote goes to cc.com

    Now that crypto currencies are in Vogue....
     
  21. namerav

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    Viacom should use Film.com for advertising and broadcasting their own movies if they produce.
     
  22. DOMAIN ILLUMINATI

    DOMAIN ILLUMINATI Owner of ▲ the most expensive domain of all time. Gold Account

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    From a domaining - view, viacom should use via.com if this would be possible.
     
  23. Julia Aann

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    Good to know all about these most famous 10 domain owners
     
  24. DOMAIN ILLUMINATI

    DOMAIN ILLUMINATI Owner of ▲ the most expensive domain of all time. Gold Account

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    It's only one owner (Viacom).
    And it's not all what you could know about them.
     
  25. Kate

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    Nice write-up about a lesser known end user:)
    Bet.com is a massive name.
     
  26. matj

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    Bet.com is an absolute monster name.
     
  27. andydotlol

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    I wonder if they will sell spike.com eventually..
     
  28. platey

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    I reckon film. com is a 10 figure domain all day long

    Plus it's owned by a huge multibillion dollar Co and any likely buyer will be its competitors who are also huge multibillion dollar companies
     
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