The Top Gear vs. Jeremy Clarkson & Amazon battle continues as rival Netflix buys Top Gear rights
Netflix has announced it has bought the rights to show new episodes of Chris Evans’ Top Gear internationally after the new series airs on BBC Two in May.
The news follows months of speculation that Netflix was agreeing terms with the BBC to distribute new episodes of the show internationally. Older episodes of Top Gear, starring Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, have been available on the popular streaming platform for years.
The move sets Netflix directly in competition with Amazon, who forked out a cool £160million for the talents of disgraced former Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson, plus his co-hosts Hammond and May. The new Amazon motoring show, which is currently untitled, is scheduled to premiere in Autumn, and so far three series of twelve episodes are planned.
Senior officials at Netflix have previously said that making a deal with Clarkson, Hammond and May “wasn’t worth the money” after Amazon swooped in to claim the trio when Clarkson was sacked from his role on the BBC Two show.
Top Gear will air in the UK on BBC Two in Spring. Netflix will distribute the show internationally later this year.