• Jul 22, 2009
Pinch us. Could it be that our dreams – which, incidentally, we proudly share with Sandra Bullock – of watching Top Gear in High Definition may soon come true? It certainly seems like a real possibility now that BBC America officially launched its HD programming on Monday, July 20 at 6am. Since it can't be seen yet on any cable or satellite service, we're guessing it's still in beta testing.

So far, the British Broadcasting Corporation has chosen to air a brace of science-fiction shows like Torchwood, which apparently was a smart move as it's got people buzzing about the channel's launch on Twitter. Fortunately, it sounds like plenty more is on the way. Says BBC publicity Veep Amy Mulcair:
Everyone's very keen to see [the channel] and we're very keen for them to see it. And we're glad to say there are a number of deals that will be announced imminently.
Naturally, we're hoping those deals bring us Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May in stunning HD beamed right into our living rooms. Now, would it be too much to ask for a schedule that brings us new episodes simultaneously with their British debuts?

[Source: Multichannel]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Apparently most of you don't realize that standard definition in Britain is higher resoltion than standard def in North America. That's why downloads of British-captured episodes look better than broadcast on BBC America or BBC Canada.

      Top Gear will definitely look better on an HD channel. Bring it on!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Standard Definition analog TV: In the US it uses 512 lines (480 of which are visible). In the UK it uses 620 lines (576 of which are visible). Not a big difference and still should not be considered HD quality.

        In the UK digital SDTV is "up to" 720x576 visible pixels - still nothing exciting.

        Is it 1080? If not than it is not HD
      • 5 Years Ago
      Will I still be able to see the show on a computer or they will take off all the youtubes and forget to put it up on their website or hulu???????????????

      actually, i'm cool with the current situation.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Clarkston's craggy face in HD?
      • 5 Years Ago
      YESSSSS! I can't WAIT to see Top Gear test the new Porsche Cayman coupe, the All-New S-Class Mercedes and wait...I even heard they make a Space Shuttle out of a car!

      Nothing like 1- and 2 year-old episodes in HD.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I do get (UK) Top Gear on BBC America, and it is about a season behind (consistently so).
      I want to see the Stig in HD!
      • 5 Years Ago
      level of want is high
      • 5 Years Ago
      ZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzz
      • 5 Years Ago
      You know, I've never really understood why we don't get the show in its proper British form on BBC America. I've heard it has something to do with the copyright status of the music. Could something so simple really be keeping us from getting the goods?

      For the love of god and all that is good, BBC, please stop trying to give us our own version hosted by the cast of the Surreal World and bring us the regular British show. We don't care if Jeremy hates all American cars and most Americans. I would too if I had the same problems with by Ford GT!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Matt

        The full version has no commercials so when it comes to us parts have to be cut out. We usually lose parts from the interview which for most of the guest I don't know so it doesn't really matter. If you buy an episode off iTunes for instance it will be the full version.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Uh, I get Top Gear on BBC America.

        The only difference is that it's about a season behind.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hmm, I never knew we didn't get the full version. What is the difference between the UK broadcast and the USA Broadcast?

        But yes, I REALLY hope that Comcast will pick up BBC America HD. I would die for some Top Gear HD loving!
        • 5 Years Ago
        They also edit out stuff other than SIARPC, too. Remember the segment where they compared the M3, RS4 and the C63 AMG? They had a bit about a cockometer which was removed completely, which happened to be the funniest bit in the show. Once I realized they did that, I refused to watch it on BBCA ever again.

        In regards to music copyrights, they change the audio track in those segments, but that's usually it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cool, Love to see some Top Gear in HD
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, considering that Top Gear isn't in HD in the UK. I think it will take some time for Top Gear to reach HD in the States. Maybe the next series?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Dont forget that it takes companies like Comcast an extremely long time to adopt new HD channels. It will probably be around 19 months before more than 30% of america has access to BBC HD. Where I live I wouldnt expect BBC HD in the next 3 years.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes!!! TOP GEAR in USA!!!

        What ever happened to that lame version of TOP GEAR USA?

        I cant wait to see it!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Why do you still have Comcast? Direct TV and Dish get the new HD channels as they come online.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I haven't seen a Top Gear on the 'merican Beeb which is less than 2 years old!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Big fat "Meh".

      Watching year-old episodes with good segments deleted and commercials added is not entertaining, regardless of resolution.

      A-torrenting we will go..........
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