Millions of people around the world are looking forward to the new Top Gear as the entire presenter lineup has been changed following last year’s events which left Jeremy Clarkson and his mates out of a job at the BBC. The trio is now filming a new car show for Amazon while a report out of the United Kingdom claims that Netflix is trying to come to an agreement to the BBC for streaming rights of the new Top Gear.
The Guardian is reporting that Netflix is “in the early stages” of discussions with the BBC to obtain certain streaming rights for the new Top Gear. The latest season will be hosted by a team of six presenters which includes the likes of Chris Evans (not Captain America), motorsport icon Eddie Jordan and even the actor who played Joey on Friends.
It’s unclear though what sort of streaming rights Netflix is negotiating for. It may become the exclusive streaming partner of Top Gear in markets where the BBC doesn’t have any more syndication options. It may even offer new Top Gear episodes 30 days after the catch-up window for BBC iPlayer expires.
We’ll have to wait and see how this plays out. It was previously reported that Netflix was interested in bringing on Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May for a new car show after their exit from the BBC but they ultimately went with Amazon. Their fans might say that Netflix is now settling for the next best thing.