When Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May left the BBC last year and were shopping around their new show idea, Netflix lost the bid to Amazon for the network rights to the program. But now they’ve acquired the next best thing: the streaming rights to BBC’s rebooted Top Gear.
In an recent interview with Buzzfeed, Netflix chief content officer, Ted Sarandos, publicly confirmed that the new show, which features hosts Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc, “falls under the same deals” of international distribution as the previous seasons of Top Gear do.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t sound like every country will have access to the program, as Sarandos said: “Worldwide I don’t know, as there are pockets of output deals that block all of those things, so we can only control worldwide on things that we can control outright, or things that we take on very early in their life. But multi-territory for sure.”
The Evans-led show will begin airing on the BBC in May; however, Netflix has not yet confirmed when it will be available to stream.