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Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by TonyTheTiger, Mar 25, 2015.
Sucks that they went with Amazon.
Do you think with Amazon they will be able to sell each show?
The article I read said the show will air on Amazon Prime. I'm guessing if you don't have Amazon Prime you'd be able to purchase them individually. This is how it seems to work with their other original shows.
No, I imagine it will be available on Amazon Prime. Mind you, they could sell the cars that they review on Amazon
I have to say while I'm happy and excited to see the boys back on the screen, I'm somewhat gobsmacked that Amazon beat out Netflix for the show. They have no where near the market penetration/audience for this.
Now I wonder about the form of the show. Will they have a tame racing driver? What will they name him if they do?
The Gits? Makes me wonder if the Stig is gits backwards to begin with.
Nope... There is a punk band named the "The Gits".
Since Clarkson/Wilman had sold the show (and thus the rights to the unique aspects of it) back to the BBC, I doubt it. Had they retained ownership, they could have offered it to anybody else once the BBC dropped them, including other UK networks like ITV or Channel Four.
Maybe it's time to reinvent the format a bit anyway.
Yay! Can't wait to see what they do. I hope they don't Americanize it too much. Part of it's charm was how British it was. Although I wouldn't mind hearing the prices in dollars instead of pounds.
You realize they don't need to do it in the U.S. just because Amazon is an American company?
Which is an excellent reason to get this show. You need exclusive content to attract people to your platform/website.
I'm sure Amazon doesn't see this as a money maker. It'll probably be a loss leader to get people to shop at Amazon.
A lot of the cars they featured are not available in the US anyway, so no point in displaying the price in dollars. It's also not that hard to use a currency converter
Even when the same car is available here and there, you cannot compare pricing. The MSRP on my eGolf was $36,300. Per VW.co.uk it's £31,325 to start, and to make it feature-equivalent to my US-market eGolf SEL it's £34,565. At current exchange rates that's just shy of $54k
The UK price is "out the door" and includes VAT. But even if you take into account their most expensive VAT rate of 20%, it's still several thousand pounds more than what American buyers pay. I estimated the non-taxed price in the UK for the same car to be about £28,600, or over $44k.
You especially cannot compare pricing on used cars. On various challenges they picked up several used luxury cars for prices that are absolutely unheard of in the US. For the final episode, Richard Hammond supposedly got a later model Jeep Cherokee XJ for under £500; you'd be hard-pressed to find ANY Cherokee XJ for the equivalent of $780 here, much less one that looked like in as "good nick" as the one he had.
Yeah the used car prices they get there seem absurd. I wonder why? Do people over there just put less value on used cars?
It might have to do with the mandatory MOT testing, which is expensive enough that they advertise "Recent MOT." See Wheeler Dealers on Velocity.
We can guess that at some point people don't want to pay say, $500 annually to keep a $1000 car on the road.
I get to that point with my old cars, where just the (very cheap) insurance and (not so cheap in IL) plates are a pain.
Amazon isn't messing around with the budget for the show
I wonder if that's the entire production budget for the show, or if that's the compensation for the hosts? I'd have to think it's the former.
I wonder what the production budget for the BBC version of the show was. I always assumed that they got most of their new test cars for free as journalists doing legitimate reviews of the cars. And in the segments when they'd actually own the cars they were driving (like buy a 1980s Hot Hatch for 1,000 quid), the amount they typically spent was relatively low (although the customizations they then did to the cars were often much more expensive than the cars themselves).
My bet is thats number is for everything.
News out tonight is that the new show won't appear (can't really say "broadcast") until Fall 2016.