• Jan 12, 2010

Getting the latest episodes of Top Gear on the revolutionary side of the Atlantic has always been a bit of a misadventure. Some episodes were aired on the Discovery Channel. BBC America ran a few as well. And of course there was the ill-fated NBC project to Americanize the program, much as they did in Australia, which never panned out. But with all these ups and downs, the internet has been the only reliable way of watching the show enjoyed by car nuts world wide.

Now reports indicate, however, that the show will be returning (hopefully on a permanent basis) to BBC America. FinalGear, the online clearing house of all things related to British car shows, reports that Series 13 – the show's previous season – will begin airing on Monday, January 25 at 8 pm. Once 13 has run out, the Beeb's Yankee channel will immediately commence showing the 14th season that's currently on the air back in the Isles. That ought to start on March 15. And to sweeten the deal, each episode will be made available on iTunes for $2 apiece 24 hours after they've been shown on BBC America. So whether your cable box or your iTunes is your chosen purveyor of visual entertainment, you've got your options laid out for you.

[Source: FinalGear]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I was really hoping for an American Top Gear. I don't understand how the big networks can "Amercanize" other popular British shows (and they have done well), but when it came to TG, they said "OH NOES! NOBODY LIKEZ CAR RELAYTED SHOWZ!!1!!1!"

      And that was then end of that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just visit finalgear.com on the night of the episode in the UK, download the 700MB full episode, throw it onto a USB drive and plug it into your xbox or PS3 for to watch it on your tv.

      Or better yet, use a media server program like tversity to stream it over your home network, it works with both the xbox or PS3. I often have the full, uninterrupted episode on my TV by about 7pm US time on the same day that it airs in the UK. Perfect!

      And make sure to catch the Bolivia special from this season - epic!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why would I pay for something that I could legally copy for free?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Happy Happy Joy Joy!

      SO looking forward to it!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sucks for the US, BBC Canada is already airing Series 14.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Or you could just torrent them on the night that they air. Series 14 aired at 9:00 on Sunday nights and was able to have pretty much every episode downloaded and playing by 9:00 EST.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Don't forget - you can torrent them in full HD from FinalGear... the night they are originally aired... with no jokes or segments cut... and no commercials.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ... AND with the original music, which the BBC America broadcasts don't have due to licensing reasons.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seasons 13 & 14 were awesome. Hope they show them in HD in the states as well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Note to television industry execs:

      1) Read case studies on what MP3s did to the music industry.
      2) Ponder how many Top Gear episodes get downloaded each week
      3) Get a clue and find a way to profit from broadcasting current, unedited episodes in North America
      • 5 Years Ago
      A bit off topic but it was mentioned in the blog post - they need to release that pilot episode of Top Gear America they made. I know the show isn't going to happen, but I'd like to see how good or bad it turned out. Plus, with all this stupid late night talk show stuff going on, it can't be any worse than the crap Leno has been doing in the 10 o'clock slot.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Leno should have quit the talk show biz and hosted the american version of Top Gear. His internet videos are pretty good and he does not have any writers or editors helping with that. The problem with Top Gear America was that it did not have any big names associated with it. We needed at least one big celebrity to give it some credibility. In my opinion, they should have gotten Jay Leno, Tim Allen, and kept Tanner Foust for his driving skill. That would have been a show I would have looked forward to every week.
        I guess we can always dream right..lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      How about some BBC America in HD??? I love top gear but watching it in SD is just barely tolerable. I'd rather go to finalgear than sit through it (and I get more of the show with finalgear).

      Does anyone get that? All I can see is this:
      http://www.bbcamerica.com/content/373/hd.jsp

        • 5 Years Ago
        I get BBCAHD in Orlando, FL on Brighthouse (Time Warner).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Apparently New York is the only market right now. I would expect to see HD being added to the Satellite services before you see it on the cable providers.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Even though I've already watched season 13, I can't wait to see them again on BBCA. Just hearing the opening riff of Jessica makes me smile.
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