The battle for online streaming supremacy could soon begin.
Before Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May signed a very lucrative deal with Amazon Prime, Netflix was one of the suitors looking to lure the trio. In the end, the streaming service opted to pass, claiming the trio was "not worth the money." But Netflix still likes the idea of new episodes of Top Gear made available to its 75 million subscribers. After all, it already airs old episodes, so why stop there?
According to a report coming from The Guardian, Netflix and BBC executives are in the "early stages" of a deal that would see the Chris Evans-led Top Gear go global on Netflix. Obviously neither side has confirmed anything just yet, but such a deal would make complete sense. The BBC knows the loss of the previous Top Gear trio hasn’t been good for its image (not to mention future ratings), and it’s hoping Evans, and new co-hosts Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris, Eddie Jordan, Sabine Schmitz, and Rory Reid will settle into their new roles quickly. But still, can anyone replace Jezza, Hamster, and Captain Slow? Getting the new Top Gear to more viewers via Netflix would be a solid way to build up a new audience.