Certainly, Top Gear was the most popular factual program in the world.

But if you didn't think the lads from Top Gear were worth the estimated $250 million Amazon agreed to pay Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May for three seasons of vehicular mayhem, you're not alone.

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Speaking to Digital Spy, Netflix Chief Product Officer Neil Hunt recently criticized the contract, saying "Clearly it wasn't worth the money to make the deal...I think they sold themselves for way more money [than they're worth]."  Whether he's correct remains to be seen, but the popular streaming service currently features episodes from the BBC series, and Hunt said the audience simply wasn't there to justify the stratospheric figure Amazon ultimately agreed to pay.   

Of course, everything in the world—whether a rusty project car or a television franchise—is worth exactly what someone will pay for it. And the financial details haven't dulled our enthusiasm for the upcoming series in the slightest.  

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The first episodes of the new motoring show will be available to stream on Amazon in the fall of 2016.


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