• Jun 4, 2009
Here around Autoblog's virtual offices, there are few things on which we love to spend our down time more than watching Top Gear and playing on our Xbox 360. So it comes as a special bit of parenthetical news that the hit British BBC show has now become available directly on the Xbox Live Marketplace. Season 10, 11 and 12 are now available on the Microsoft content site, with each 570MB episode costing 160 points (equivalent to $2).

Unfortunately, some edits have been made to the downloadable installments, with licensing concerns forcing them to replace some of the music, and while the 12th season episodes remain in their full 60-minute glory, seasons 10 and 11 have had their episodes trimmed down to 50 minutes (give or take), usually at the expense of the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car segment and the news (which isn't newsworthy anymore anyway...that's what we're here for). Check it out on the Xbox Live Marketplace for all the details.

[Source: Xbox Live Marketplace via FinalGear.com]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      One thing I don't like about "buying" these videos is that if it's gets corrupted, my xbox goes kaplut, i'm out of the shows I allegedly bought. Also, I can't loan them to my friends... like a regular DVD. I don't mind paying for them... as long as I get the convenience... otherwise, what am I paying for?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This would be great if I didn't have every episode of every season available, free of edits, on my home media server. Which I do.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If they are going to offer it, then do it right or don't do it at all. I actually like the SIARPC segments because you never know what is going to happen.

      Why bother with paying two bucks for edited episodes that I can get 100% complete episodes off bit torrent for free.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll stick with down loading them from final gear and streaming to my xbox thank you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      These episodes are also available on Zune Marketplace for the same price as the Xbox version, so if you've got a Zune I'd recommend buying them from there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The news is funny, just because they often bicker.

      I support cutting out the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car. At least the interview part. It's not relevant to the US market, we don't know who 70% of the people are. I usually just skip over this part anyways.
        • 5 Years Ago
        puh-lease...PAY for TG? When I can get it on BBC America HD for free?

        Microsoft, you REALLY need to get a video streaming pass integrated into XBL Gold. I'd pay a flat yearly fee to stream, but I'd NEVER pay $2 per ep.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm British, and I try and skip the SinRPC segment too. Its usually c list celebrities who come down to promote their wares. BORING. Its only interesting when they have people like JK or Jodie Kidd who are uber fast and competitive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ inteller

        Exactly. So the choice is pay MS $2 bucks per episode that's already been edited down plus wait for each show to download so it can take up even more of the already limited space on my xbox or...

        just press the "Record Show" button on my DVR I'm already paying for.... hmmm, decisions, decisions....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly.

        Without the news you miss much of Jeremy's bitching which is usually quite entertaining.

        SIARPC is interesting about 10% of the time, but I could live without it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The news is still funny,however. It's funny going back and watching old episodes from Series 4/5/6. I watched one the other day and they were talking about the Veyron and Jeremy said it will never be built. Ha.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They need to release all 12 seasons on DVD for the US.

      And I always skip past the Star in a Reasonably Price Car bit anyway, so no loss there.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love me some finalgear.com.

      I'm an X-box owner, but Microsoft needs to get over scraping every last penny from its consumers and just give up; offer free content, DL's, and 'gold live' capabilities. They're getting almost as bad as Apple.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you don't wish to pay, there's also bittorrent, myspace, Comcast on Demand, and probably several other mediums I haven't found yet. TG is a very well-connected show to watch online. I prefer 'torrent since it's unedited & comes out a few hours after it airs. Pleasantly surprised to see classic Doctor Who episodes also available.
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