In an attempt to go head-to-head with Clarkson, May and Hammond and their upcoming show on Amazon, the new Top Gear will also air on Netflix.
The announcement was made by the streaming giant’s content officer, Ted Sarandos, who was quoted by TheGuardian as saying that it falls under the deal Netflix has with BBC for previous seasons of the show. Since the British Top Gear is preferred over local versions, Sarandos stated that talks continue to expand the list to as many territories as possible.
“The show is very popular on Netflix as you can imagine. There’s a change in format but people definitely prefer the British Top Gear over the local Top Gear in almost every country of the world.”
While the revamped motoring show will air on BBC next month, an exact date for when new episodes will be available on Netflix hasn’t been announced yet. In its new format, Top Gear will be led by radio DJ Chris Evans, whose will be joined by Friends’ star Matt LeBlanc, former F1 team owner Eddie Jordan, ‘Ring Queen Sabine Schmitz and motoring journalists Chris Harris and Rory Reid.
The as-of-yet unnamed car show from Amazon, with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, should roll out its first episodes this fall.