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New episodes of Top Gear will be coming to Netflix, one of the bosses of the popular online streaming service has confirmed.
Speaking with The Guardian, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said distribution would match “the same deals” previous seasons of the show fell under.
This means not every country where Netflix is available will have access to the new episodes but Sarandos said negotiations with the show’s publisher, the BBC, were taking place to expand the list to as many as possible.
The first of the new episodes is expected to premiere on the United Kingdom’s BBC2 sometime next month. There will be an entirely new cast including radio and television presenter Chris Evans as well as actor Matt LeBlanc. A trailer has already been released.
Former hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, meanwhile, will star in a new show on Netflix-rival Amazon Prime. The new show, which is yet to receive a name, is expected to premiere sometime in the fall.
Netflix considered buying the rights for Clarkson, Hammond and May’s new show but was outbid by Amazon, which reportedly paid around $250 million. Netflix Chief Product Officer Neil Hunt previously said the trio wasn’t worth the money others were bidding.
It now means that the two shows will be going head-to-head in the world of online streaming.