SOURCE: VeriSign, Inc.

September 15, 2008 09:00 ET

Calling All Aspiring Webby Winners: VeriSign Contest Seeking Videos That Show How Online Video and .tv Are Changing the Web

.tv Webmercial Contest Runs Today Through November 15; Grand Prize Winner to Receive Sony HDR-TG1 Digital Camcorder

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwire - September 15, 2008) - A new contest is calling for Internet video enthusiasts to show their stuff in a bid to spotlight an emerging corner of the Web that allows people to create their own TV channel on the Web.

Today through Nov. 15, the .tv Webmercial Contest is accepting submissions to Ten prizes -- a Sony HDR-TG1 digital camcorder grand prize and Flip Mino digital camcorders for nine other winners -- are up for grabs.

The contest is sponsored by VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN), the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world. VeriSign administers the rapidly growing .tv domain, which already is populated with media-rich destinations including,,,, and

"If your Web site moves, it belongs on .tv," said Jill McNabb, director of Naming Services at VeriSign. "The Webmercial Contest gives aspiring video producers a shot at showing off their talents and ideas in a way that highlights the enormous potential of .tv. With four out of five U.S. Internet users regularly watching video online, it's clear the Web will never be the same. In fact, just as the Web we've used for years was built on .com and .net domains, the future of the Internet is now playing on .tv."

Contest details

Contestants are free to use their imaginations to convey what a .tv world looks like. They can submit parodies, cartoons, musicals, testimonials, even plays. So long as they meet a couple contest guidelines -- videos mustn't exceed 100MB or two minutes in length and they must incorporate the .tv logo -- the possibilities are as limitless as the Web itself.*

*Winners will be notified by Dec. 1. The Contest is only open to legal residents of the United States (excluding Puerto Rico). Employees of VeriSign. its parent company, its subsidiaries, and its advertising, judging and promotional agencies (including Trahan Burden and Charles and their affiliated companies) and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents, suppliers, and members of their immediate families and people living in the same household of each are not eligible to participate in the Contest. See for the complete rules and eligibility requirements. The Contest is void where prohibited.

About VeriSign

VeriSign, Inc. (NASDAQ: VRSN) is the trusted provider of Internet infrastructure services for the networked world. Billions of times each day, VeriSign helps companies and consumers all over the world engage in communications and commerce with confidence. Additional news and information about the company is available at

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