• Aug 21st 2008 at 1:58PM
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Click for the Top Gear channel welcome video on YouTube

Top Gear is easily the most popular car show in the world, and one of the most popular shows altogether. But since it doesn't reach every corner the globe, the daily miracle that is the internet fills in the gaps. The BBC's approach to the online airing of Top Gear episodes has been an ongoing saga, with the company initially ordering YouTube to take them down, then putting the episodes on their own site before striking a deal with YouTube to allow episodes to be shown on the popular online video portal. The latest chapter in the saga now has Top Gear launching its own YouTube channel, which has now gone live. The channel features a vast library of Top Gear segments, including car reviews celebrity interviews and of course the famous epic challenges. All in all some 30 new clips have been added, and the channel will also host viewer competitions for prizes and whatnot. The new channel could potentially also host episodes of the American and upcoming Australian versions of the series as well, but we'll have to wait and see on that one.

Follow the jump to watch a video of Top Gear magazine editor Michael Harvey introducing the new Top Gear channel (and instantly realize why he's not hosting the TV show), and click right here to jump to the Top Gear channel on YouTube.

[Source: Top Gear YouTube via FinalGear.com]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Now I can breath easier.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I just wish they would show what Jeremy Clarkson found when he went on the internet.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That sounds great, I've watched countless episodes on Youtube.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Risking employment by watching 20 times before going to work in the morning?

        (1:26 in the video above) joking of course :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      They need more clips. Why can't they just post full episodes on their site after it has been aired in the U.K?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Utter bollocks. No full clips of the races or challenges. I pretty much got frustrated and instead sought out Amateur WRC clips because I was so mad at the truncated clips.

      Found some good footage from the 2007 WRC in Japan:

      • 7 Years Ago
      It's about time.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bleh! They don't have full episodes on there. Oh well, back to Finalgear's torrents.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I.... don't know. Most of the programs I use to rip DVDs only allow 10 minute intervals anyways (damn freeware), so I never checked if I could upgrade my YouTube account.
        • 7 Years Ago
        They never did. Even the BBC's YouTube channel only showed segments.
        Regular YouTube users have full episodes up (in 10min segments) and MOST of the current stuff is there. I've watched this entire season on YouTube, and all on Sunday night.
        Pretty quick uploading.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Benfolio - I know that regular users have a 10 minute cap, but isn't there a way to apply for "Director" status on Youtube? Maybe the Top Gear channel can apply for and get that?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I think we killed the youtubes.
      • 7 Years Ago

      Hopefully this will help to further expose the general population to the show as well as allowing people to post clips (legally) on their sites/blogs... hopefully.

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