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Revamped “Top Gear” to join Netflix lineup

The streaming giant has confirmed the rebooted version of hit motoring series Top Gear will appear on its SVOD service, according to various media reports.
April 13, 2016

Streaming giant Netflix has confirmed the rebooted version of Top Gear will appear on its SVOD service, according to various media reports.

Media outlets, including Buzzfeed Newshave reported that on Tuesday Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos said the retooled motoring series will join the digital platform’s lineup as it falls under existing international distribution deals that Netflix currently has in place with the BBC.

Past seasons of the hit automotive series are currently available on Netflix in the U.S., Canada, Australia and Western Europe. The news comes one month after growing speculation that the Chris Evans-fronted series – which is scheduled to premiere May 8 in the UK on BBC2 and in the U.S. on BBC America – would join the digital giant’s ranks.

The revamped 16-episode series, which features co-hosts Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc of Friends fame alongside five other presenters, will now rival Amazon’s highly anticipated unnamed motoring series featuring former Top Gear hosting trio Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond. Amazon’s series is expected to be unveiled in fall 2016.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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