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TOPIC: Netflix reportedly in talks with the BBC for new 'Top Gear'

Netflix reportedly in talks with the BBC for new 'Top Gear' 06 Mar 2016 18:03 #1

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If Amazon is to be the home of new, new Top Gear, then it's only fitting Netflix gets its hands on new, old Top Gear, right? The Guardianreports that Netflix is "in the early stages" of discussing a deal with the BBC for certain streaming rights to the Top Gear reboot, which'll be hosted by a six-strong team that includes Chris Evans, motorsport veteran Eddie Jordan andJoey from Friends.

We have no idea what the terms might be at this point, of course. Netflix could become an exclusive streaming partner of sorts, or hold rights in countries where the BBC has exhausted other syndication options. Netflix may even serve as an archive for new Top Gearepisodes in the UK once the clock runs out on the 30-day iPlayer catch-up window. But with the BBC planning to launch a subscription streaming service in the US at some point this year, who knows what structure a deal with Netflix might look like.

It's easy to paint this rumor as Netflix wanting to give Amazon the middle finger. After all, Netflix was said to be interested in Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May for an in-house motoring show afterClarkson's fist sparked the implosion of Top Gearas we knew it. But it was Amazon that ended up splashing the cash – far too much of it, according to one Netflix exec – to secure the trio for an as-yet unnamed spiritual successor.

We'd be way, way more surprised to hear that Netflix wasn'thaving some form of dialogue with the BBC, however, since the two have a long-standing working relationship. You'll find many a season of pre-punch Top Gearavailable on the streaming service, for instance, not to mention numerous other examples of content deals the pair have struck. Netflix keeps a beady eye on many high-profile UK shows, in fact, such as Channel 4's Black Mirror, which become a Netflix Original in its third series.
 

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