GTA IV Trailer Countdown Seen On Television

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By Chris | 22nd Mar 2007 at 14:07 GMT in GTA IV | 31 Comments
Many people are reporting on various forums, namely NeoGAF, that they have seen the countdown to the GTA IV trailer on FX in the early hours of this morning. The "advert" lasted for a whole 30 minutes from 2:00-2:30AM and appeared to mirror the countdown which we have been staring at on the official site for the past few weeks, with the only difference being a sound playing for each second counted down.

If you turn to the FX channel right now, there's a big black screen with "IV" in the Grand Theft Auto font, along with the word "trailer" and a countdown leading up to next Thursday, March 29 at around 6 p.m. EST. Then there's Rockstar's GTA4 Web site listed below with the Rockstar logo.

With each second that counts down, there's a KA-chung, KA-chung, KA-chung noise that resembles the "24" countdown noise, but with less clang and not so much beep. It's annoying, until you've been listening to it for a few minutes and it just becomes hypnotic.

This begs the question of whether or not we'll see a simultaneous web and TV release of the trailer, or if it was simply to increase awareness and give more exposure to both the game and the website. Thanks to Jordan over at PlanetGTA for this interesting piece of news.

We now have a short excerpt of the advert for those of you who didn't get to see it:

Thanks to gta-xtreme.de for the video.
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QuickDeath 22nd March, 2007 @ 14:23 - Permalink
Wow a 30 min ad, that must have costed a lot! I guess it would be kinda cool if they showed the trailer on TV too.
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TM™ 22nd March, 2007 @ 15:37 - Permalink
Never knew they put it on the FX channel. But I guess seeing the countdown will be good for some people that don't have computers, but like GTA.
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Chris 22nd March, 2007 @ 15:39 - Permalink

Wow a 30 min ad, that must have costed a lot! I guess it would be kinda cool if they showed the trailer on TV too.

Yeah you'd think so, but this was at a time when not many people are watching, and when normally infomercials are shown, so apparently, people are saying it wouldn't be too expensive to advertise there.
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Gycu 22nd March, 2007 @ 15:52 - Permalink
Just a few questions

Why FX channel?It as some connections to R*,or this is not the first time,did they done this before with the other GTAs?I don`t know.
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Jace 22nd March, 2007 @ 16:23 - Permalink
Probably some bit GTA fan.
If it's at that time and not that big channel (I never heard of FX channel :P) it would be affordable for him, and something cool to do.


Edit: Topic by Original GTA Master
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Chris 22nd March, 2007 @ 17:53 - Permalink
Ah I see you edited your post Jace, I saw that at about the same time and added the link into the main post in case people haven't seen it.
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Harwood Butcher 22nd March, 2007 @ 19:33 - Permalink
Yeah, I was confused when I saw it on TV...didn't think they'd do that. I thought it was going to be a quick 30-second thing, so I rushed down stairs to grab the camera and it ended up being a lot longer than just 30 seconds. I was about to fall asleep before I saw that. For some reason, people didn't believe me that the countdown was on TV...they thought I edited the pictures or something, come on, I have a life :wacko: . Anyways, I don't think it has any significants, just to get people pumped up. You wanna know something sad? I was gonna try to record the "KA-chung" noise... :lol:
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Jared 22nd March, 2007 @ 20:56 - Permalink
Saw this floating around cyberspace earlier, interesting, it amazes me the trailer lasted 30 minutes with nothing more then the logo and a countdown. Would have loved to see it though.
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Spaz The Great 22nd March, 2007 @ 22:39 - Permalink

Probably some bit GTA fan.
If it's at that time and not that big channel (I never heard of FX channel :P) it would be affordable for him, and something cool to do.


Edit: Topic by Original GTA Master


Do you live in America? FX is huge. They are always playing movies, too.

This is epic. Wish I would've caught it. Not awake at those hours, usually.
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Lau 22nd March, 2007 @ 22:46 - Permalink
Where can't i see it to???pls tell me
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tilly 23rd March, 2007 @ 00:07 - Permalink
what you just said, lau, doesnt make sense...
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Chris 23rd March, 2007 @ 00:34 - Permalink
I've updated the news post with a link to a video someone uploaded to YouTube.
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tilly 23rd March, 2007 @ 00:54 - Permalink
OMFGOBGYN!!!! they skipped 55!! it went 57-56-54-53!!!!
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FamousGTA 23rd March, 2007 @ 02:18 - Permalink
is the fx channel in canada
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Dazza 23rd March, 2007 @ 02:51 - Permalink
I really wish Australia was this good, i googled FX channel and nothing came up...so it must not be that big...
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Harwood Butcher 23rd March, 2007 @ 03:16 - Permalink
DAMN, I don't think anyone got the last little bit of the ad.
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2003 23rd March, 2007 @ 03:52 - Permalink
Maybe it wull be on again tonight, i will watch FX tonight to see.
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Victor_Vance 23rd March, 2007 @ 05:18 - Permalink
I don't see anything, that channel is not even working right now, all I can is a red color and black colors and some green, but that's it...
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2003 23rd March, 2007 @ 05:31 - Permalink

I don't see anything, that channel is not even working right now, all I can is a red color and black colors and some green, but that's it...


Yeah that kind of stuff always happens on FX such as the sound getting screwed up and all the people on FX will sound like Monsters.
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Jared 23rd March, 2007 @ 07:59 - Permalink
I don't know how anyone could bare that banging noise for 30 minutes though :S.

A 30 minute advert must have cost Rockstar a pretty penny.
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Dazza 23rd March, 2007 @ 08:16 - Permalink
Nuh, i'll Aussie it for you, you know Channel 10 over here, we have that Pro-Actvie thing on after David Lettermen, thats what this is on FX...

its not that expencive
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2003 23rd March, 2007 @ 09:00 - Permalink
THE GTA 4 TRAILER IS BACK ON FX!!!
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Dazza 23rd March, 2007 @ 09:11 - Permalink
Yeah, i was talking to OGTAM ages ago. To bad we dont get it here.
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Jared 23rd March, 2007 @ 09:13 - Permalink

THE GTA 4 TRAILER IS BACK ON FX!!!


Again?! God. This is really cool. Wish I could see it this time :(.
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Dazza 23rd March, 2007 @ 09:19 - Permalink

To bad we dont get it here.


I hate Australia, we never get things......

And yes i did quote myself...
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GTAPlayer 23rd March, 2007 @ 10:16 - Permalink
Alright man, only six days left until the trailer is out. We've been checking out the past GTA trailers, and those were fine, more than fine, so yeah man I hope this trailer will show as much as the past trailers, and I'm pretty damn sure it's going to be great.
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2003 23rd March, 2007 @ 22:40 - Permalink
I can't believe they would acually pay to advertise for an advertisment. There has to be something in this trailer Because otherwise they woulden't be paying to advertise it.
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Harwood Butcher 23rd March, 2007 @ 22:49 - Permalink
It isn't a trailer, it's just a countdown.
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2003 23rd March, 2007 @ 22:57 - Permalink
I know it isn't but its still advertising for the trailer thats coming out in like 5 or 6 days.
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Switch Designs 25th March, 2007 @ 01:10 - Permalink
I was going to bed this morning after 1am pst and I turned on the tv and this was on FX O.o This is history folks remember it, live it, love it....... GTA 4 will rule and i'll be there to mod it and make it better W00t!!!! Rockstar forever........
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Mpilk901 26th March, 2007 @ 13:55 - Permalink
I'm sure this was mentioned in another topic but i think it just means that its going to be aired on tv too.

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