• Sep 23, 2009
Regardless of what viewers may think of the opinions of Jeremy Clarkson and his cohorts at Top Gear, no one can argue with the production values. The cinematography is magnificent and even those who couldn't care less about cars find themselves getting sucked into the BBC program's visuals. Amazingly though, aside from one 2007 special, the show has always been shot with standard definition cameras (*cue Clarkson voice*).... Until now. In a post on the BBC's blog, Danielle Nagler, head of the HD division, announced that the upcoming 14th series of Top Gear is being shot with high definition cameras.

The new series will debut in the UK on November 15, which means that we should be seeing it on BBC America sometime in 2019. Give or take. The U.S.-based BBC America cable channel just started running series 7 of the show. While we love the show here at Autoblog headquarters, we sincerely wish we didn't have to resort to the torrents to get our fix at the same time as our British friends.

[Source: BBC Internet blog via EngadgetHD]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      wait. No Mos-Def in a reasonably priced car? Pity.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why can't we just get Top Gear the same time as the brits?

      To this day I still watch the Scirocco episode and laugh at them trying to make a commercial.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I told you guys. We shouldn't have seceded from Britain. But noooooo....
        • 5 Years Ago
        For one, the licensing for music is different over there - I'm pretty sure they can use whatever they want. As soon as you play it here in the US, you have to have purchased the rights to use it here. When you watch episodes on BBC America, note how the music is different.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Xenos... You are correct! I hate the different music too, but it's because Top Gear rips off some high profile sources including alot of American cinema. I have found myself visiting the "Whats that song?" pages at finalgear.com many times wondering where they got such a perfect song. It may sound strange, but this is a big reason why I feel I must resort to the torrents (season number aside). The sheer awesomeness of their film segments is powered in no small part by the excellent music selection. To take the same film and replace the music without changing the cut could never possibly have the same impact as what the editor originally intended.

        Bring on the 48 hour torrent downloads!
      • 5 Years Ago
      It is sad when I realize that having everything in HD is one of the most important things to me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Finally - What the hell have they been waiting for? The show is tailor made for HD!
      • 5 Years Ago
      And yet, I continue to remind myself why I shell out the big bucks for my 18mb connection. Seriously, I think top gear is the only reason.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Once this hits the net, I think global bandwidth usage will likely triple
      • 5 Years Ago
      2019? I hope you mean 2010...

      I don't want to rely on low-res videos of Top Gear for the next decade.

      Where can I watch Top Gear on Canadian television?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's called sarcasm.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good.
      • 5 Years Ago
      what does this have to do with mos-def?
        • 5 Years Ago
        "mos-def" = "Most definitely." it's the colloquialism where the musician got his name.
        • 5 Years Ago
        How are you in tune enough to know who Mos-Def is while simultaneously not knowing what mos-def means?
        • 5 Years Ago
        When I first read it I thought it was about him too. Wheres my Black Star 2?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't know if you guys in the states can access the BBC iPlayer website, but you could stream and download the shows from there, in SD and HD.

      You might need some proxy based jiggery pokery but it's worth looking at.

      Me? I'll just kick back and bask in the glory of Sky HD.
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you have Firefox, add the GreaseMonkey extension and search for the Top Gear region free script.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Fair point...

        Shame the BBC don't do some sort of subscription based service for non-UK viewers.

        Anyway, don't get me started on the license fee...there are some great programs out there thanks to it, but 90% of everything they put out I find simply unwatchable.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wouldn't be surprised if this is part of BBC2's effort to stop pirating of Top Gear. If I'm not mistaken, Top Gear is the most pirated show in the world, and massive HD files may dissuade many potential torrent downloaders, etc.
      Damn it. Come on BBC America and show the current season! Everyone's seen the old ones online!
      • 5 Years Ago
      "The U.S.-based BBC America cable channel just started running series 7 of the show"

      Uh, I saw a series 12 episode several months ago on BBC America. It was Episode 2, the Factual Muscle Car episode. It was on while Series 13 was still going in the U.K.
        • 5 Years Ago
        A-freakin'-men!

        I was so ticked, I emailed BBC, BBC-America, and the local cable nimrods.

        The local nimrods were sub-useless. BBC apparently were not interested.

        BBC-A, with all the charm and consideration of today's Tool-Britania, burped up some noise about how they understood it seemed illogical not to follow series 12 with the new series 13, but that they had to choose whichever programming was most suitable to the viewing audience at any given moment---which means following 12 with 7.

        So, yeah, 2019 sounds about right for series 14.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes you did, but the series that wraps up next week on BBC America with the TG Winter Olympics is Series 7 from 20-(bloody)-05!! Not exactly the "all new" BBCA advertised... I imagine it was the first run of those shows on the network but I was expecting series 13.
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