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Netflix Acquired Fast.com

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On April 27th, Jamie Zoch noticed that the Fast.com domain name had changed hands. After the domain transfer was completed, the registrant was listed as DNStination Inc., a company that is affiliated with MarkMonitor. Companies that wish to keep their Whois information private can use DNStination as the registrant.

This morning, George Kirikos shared that it looks like Netflix acquired the Fast.com domain name. Although the Fast.com Whois information still shows DNStination as its registrant, there is a new website on Fast.com that says “powered by Netflix” at the bottom. I think it is safe to assume that Netflix acquired Fast.com.

The website appears to be an Internet speed test to show how fast a visitor’s connection is. The Fast.com FAQ page shares why Netflix is offering Fast.com: “We want our members to have a simple, quick, commercial-free way to estimate the speed their ISP is providing.”

Although the purchase price of Fast.com has not been publicly shared to my knowledge, it must have been an expensive acquisition. My guess is that it was certainly a 6 figure acquisition, and it is possible that the price went into the 7 figure range depending on the seller’s willingness to sell and the buyer’s eagerness to purchase this domain name. Because Netflix is a publicly traded company, perhaps we will learn about the purchase price in a future filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

Fast.com is an excpetional domain name, and it will be interesting to see if Netflix continues to use it in perpetuity or if this is a temporary promotion. It will also be interesting to see how much Netflix promotes Fast.com.

Fast.com by Netflix


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Comments (4)

    Jamie Zoch

    Netflix may be the potential buyer of InternetSpeed(.)com then as well. That domain was recently acquired from NameFind (old Berkens domains). Whois remains generic with DNStination Inc.

    Here is my tweet from May 8th on that one: https://twitter.com/yofie/status/729264072709971969

    May 18th, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    Louise

    It’s nice to hear the story behind the domain. It’s generating headlines. Here is one on TechCrunch:

    Netflix launches its own speed test website, Fast.com
    http://techcrunch.com/2016/05/18/netflix-launches-its-own-speed-test-website-fast-com

    The launch of a site on meaningful, four-character dot com, Fast.com, is news in itself! :)

    May 18th, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Thomas

    did they buy slow.com too??
    It forwards to fast.com

    May 19th, 2016 at 3:02 am

    John

    Fast.com is certainly worth at least 7 figures. And Quick.com at $299k I see reported today is a big bargain.

    May 21st, 2016 at 1:36 am

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