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Amazon Prime plots global roll-out for December

Amazon Prime will roll-out internationally on the back of The Grand Tour. In December, the SVOD service will become available in more than 200 countries. Amazon Prime is already available in ...
November 17, 2016

Amazon Prime will roll-out internationally on the back of The Grand Tour.

In December, the SVOD service will become available in more than 200 countries. Amazon Prime is already available in the U.S., UK, Germany, Austria and Japan.

After months of hype, former Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond’s automotive show is gearing up to debut on Nov. 18.

In a video posted on The Grand Tour‘s social media channels on Wednesday (Nov. 16), May said “We have received a package from Amazon, which contains my glasses and a letter which says in December, we will be launching the show globally, which means you will be able to watch The Grand Tour in over 200 countries around the world.”

A rep for Amazon declined to comment on the roll-out plans, but there has been speculation of an impending expansion for months. The move will make the service available in more countries than competitor Netflix, which operates in 190 countries.

The production has been travelling the world in recent weeks, making stops in Johannesburg, California, Whitby, Rotterdam, Lapland and Stuttgart. Future shooting locations include Nashville, Scotland and Dubai. New episodes will be released on a weekly basis – every Friday – for 12 consecutive weeks.

The hosts have committed to three seasons of the show, which is produced by former Top Gear exec producer Andy Wilman.

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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