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Now that the age of internet is upon us, and cable and satellite have made TV a 24 hour active paradigm, viewers, readers and surfers don't necessarily sit around stuck to one location once they've finished consuming their medium of choice.

Television shows have a finite number of episodes, and when they're out, many channels either fill up the slot with new content, filler, or just play the same episodes over and over again until the new season is ready. When a book is done, there's usually a year or more until the next installment. Web content updates depending on the style of the page.

To drum up excitement and anticipation for the release of new material, popular media will have a New Content Countdown Clock which sits (not at all unobtrusively) in the corner of the screen counting down the hours and minutes until the most anticipated new material.

Particularly egregious cases (at least in the case of TV) will have the clock fixed in place so that it's even present in the corner of the screen during the commercial breaks.

May often appear — on TV at least — at the end of a Theme Week or Marathon.

Sister Trope to Commercial Pop-Up.


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    Live-Action TV 
  • ABC did it for V when it returned from its hiatus, and also pissed off Lost fans by showing the clock during their show.
  • TNT did this with Leverage.
  • USA Network had one for Burn Notice. And every new show that's premiered since.
  • Disney Channel did it for, among other things, the High School Musical movies. New movies, big premieres or events or even just theme blocks can also get one. What makes it particularly annoying is that the countdown timer will be HUGE blocking out significant portions of whatever program is actually on, especially and frequently actors' faces.
  • A station in Milwaukee counted down the minutes to the Super Bowl during their newscasts when the Packers were in Super Bowl XLV... from the moment they won the NFC Championship. That's 336 hours of countdown time.
  • The Colbert Report website used to do this, with the implication that viewers should be literally counting down the seconds until their next chance to see wonderful, wonderful Stephen Colbert.
  • During the 2007 writer's strike, NBC became absolutely obsessed with putting text ads above its bug for upcoming programs, and keeping the peacock itself opaque and full-color at all times (going as far as even decorating it with a Santa hat and a party hat for Christmas and New Year's respectively). This type of ad still happens occasionally (for high-profile premieres or the Olympic Games), but at least it's all been translucent now. Many of NBC's cable channels followed its lead with similar forms of advertising.
  • AMC Runs one every Sunday to the latest episode of The Walking Dead (2010), during the closing credits of the re-airing of the previous week's episode.
  • Sprout has done it for Wiggly Waffle in 2009 in the form of a screenbug.
  • BBC America has done countdown clocks for:
  • CNN and MSNBC always do a countdown for a big presidential speech; every news channel will also count down to a "polls close" time (or in other terms, for Curbstomp Battle votes, the time they declare a winner) for an election. And during the campaign, the news channels run countdown clocks to hype up practically every single thing related to it, including debates and town halls they host, countdowns to primary/caucus coverage, and so on.
    • When MSNBC put up a clock counting down to the deadline for Saddam Hussein's surrender during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, The Daily Show replied by turning it into a parody of 24 (complete with the ticking sound effect, and Jon Stewart's dismayed reaction to the timer).
  • ABC had one counting down to the Royal Wedding of William and Kate.
  • At the end of the preceding episode of Stargate SG-1, Sky One did this for the premiere of Stargate Atlantis. Since they forewent an ad break between the two, and the countdown only occurred over the end credits, nobody minded too much.
  • TV Asashi put one of these for the M1 Grandprix, a manzai comedy competition, during the Eye Catch of the Christmas Episode of Star★Twinkle Pretty Cure.

  • Taylor Swift tweeted one in the runup to her album Red. First it was daily tweets at the 10-day mark (with an Instagram of the relevant number of something or other — six flowers, perhaps, or seven band members' feet), and then she started making or retweeting hourly updates with one day to go.

  • ESPN has done this occasionally with a small strip above their ticker, for things such as the College Football Playoff National Championship, and NBA Finals games on ABC. The latest iteration of their ticker now has a large area off to the side, filled with a cycling slideshow of ads for upcoming events and their app (used in parallel with the aforementioned strip).
  • MLB Network put up a somewhat intrusive box above their ticker to advertise the next game they're airing (often with team logos or pictures of the starters). They eventually made a streamlined version that fits into their ticker instead — an example NFL Network also follows for certain content (particularly Thursday Night Football) as well.
  • For some reason, NBC decided to put a giant, distracting countdown clock to their first Big Ten Saturday Night college football game ... on Syfy.

    Visual Novels 
  • Made by the creators of Melody on the scheduled release date of each new update.

  • Homestuck had a quasi-example with its End of Act 5 Animation Bump - Andrew Hussie added a progress bar measured in percentage which he continually updated over the months spent working on it, and partway through issued a target release date of October 25 2011. Plenty of countdown clocks ensued on fansites.

    Web Original 
  • Life In A Day did this on their YouTube channel.

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • Shops will often do this for when a big product is coming out, such as a video game - often they'll keep a constant clock in the window and just change the images whenever it needs to.
  • ESPN's main buildings will have these for major sports events, such as the Olympics or the World Cup.
  • When Y2K mania was happening, manufacturers sold clocks three years in advance counting down to the new millennium which blinked on and off once the moment came. Thankfully most of them functioned as regular clocks after that date.
  • Israeli TV channels have countdowns... at commercial breaks, counting down to when the program returns. It's not really surprising if you factor in that Israeli TV regulations also require the channel bug to be replaced with a stylized swirl during the commercial break itself.

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