Top Gear

BBC Worldwide strikes Africa SVOD deal with Iflix

BBC Worldwide has sold a raft of programmes including Top Gear and Luther to African Netflix rival iflix. The deal, the first between the commercial arm of the UK pubcaster and the African streaming service, covers 150 hours of UK programming. As well as popular motoring format Top Gear and Idris Elba cop series Luther, […]

Amazon gears up for global launch for The Grand Tour

Amazon’s Top Gear rival show The Grand Tour will hit 200 countries later this year, but the launch does not mark the global rollout of the Amazon Prime SVOD service DTVE understands. The Grand Tour will launch in Amazon Prime Video territories Germany, Japan, the UK and the US this Friday (November 18). In a […]

Amazon unveils release date for The Grand Tour

Amazon is to release The Grand Tour, its hotly anticipated reboot of BBC show Top Gear, on Friday November 18, with episodes to be made available weekly. An episode of the series will be made available every Friday to Amazon Prime Video subscribers exclusively. The show will feature the stars of the show, Jeremy Clarkson, […]

Fox invests US$6.5m in Clarkson’s digital venture

21st Century Fox has invested US$6.5 million in DriveTribe, a new digital venture from the former presenters and producer of Top Gear. Former Top Gear presenters Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May are planning to launch the DriveTribe digital portal in November. Ex-Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman and tech entrepreneur Ernesto Schmitt are […]

Netflix confirms it will stream Top Gear

Netflix has confirmed it is taking international rights to the BBC’s new-look Top Gear, though specific details of an agreement remain unclear. The SVoD service’s chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, confirmed  the news after several months of speculation that Netflix would go head-to-head with Amazon Prime Instant Video’s new car series, which features former Top Gear trio Jeremy Clarkson, […]

Top Gear team’s show will be ‘very expensive’, says Amazon’s Bezos

Jeff Bezos has said Amazon’s upcoming motoring series with the former Top Gear team will be “very, very, very expensive.” The Amazon founder and CEO was speaking to UK newspaper The Telegraph. He said that recruiting the Top Gear team, who left the BBC show in the wake of a scandal that involved star presenter Jeremy Clarkson hitting a […]

Amazon signs Top Gear team for motoring show

Amazon Prime Instant Video has won the battle to sign former Top Gear presenters Jermy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond. Amazon fought off competition from the likes of SVOD rival Netflix and UK commercial broadcaster ITV for the sought-after trio. Former Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman also comes as part of the package, and will oversee a […]

BBC Worldwide to simulcast Top Gear around the globe

The BBC’s commercial arm is set to launch the latest season of auto show Top Gear with a simulcast of the UK show to air around the world – a first for the corporation. The opening episode of series 22 of Top Gear is due to broadcast simultaneously in more than 50 countries across Australia, […]

BBC Worldwide launches Top Gear Facebook app

BBC Worldwide has launched a Top Gear virtual Facebook app, to coincide with the start of auto show’s latest series.  ‘The Stig’ app, which can be found at Facebook/TheStig, will let users imitate the show’s test car driver by selecting a picture of themselves and clicking to have it digitally appear inside the driver’s helmet […]

BBC Top Gear YouTube channel hits three million subs

BBC Worldwide’s YouTube channel that is dedicated to popular auto series Top Gear has now hit three million subscribers globally.  The BBC’s commercial arm launched the Top Gear channel, which hosts a selection of clips from the TV series, back in 2008 and is its most popular of its eight existing YouTube networks. The success […]