Amazon has announced a release date of 18th November for The Grand Tour, starring ex-Top Gear hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May. But how can you watch it online?
Let’s break it down.
The new, 12-episode series will see the trio continue their motoring escapades exclusively on Amazon Prime Video, following the conscious uncoupling of Jeremy Clarkson from the BBC. And, judging by the impeccably edited teaser Amazon has released this morning, things are set to be as fast – and as stylish – as ever.
“Customers have been desperate to find out when they can watch their favorite team back on screen, so we are very excited to announce the launch date of one of the most globally anticipated shows of 2016,” says Jay Marine, Vice President of Amazon Prime Video EU. “The guys have been having a blast filming the show around the world and we can’t wait for fans to see it weekly beginning November 18, only on Amazon Prime Video.”
Jeremy, Richard and James have committed to three seasons of The Grand Tour as part of a global TV deal and, for the last year, the team have been traveling the world filming this first run. Their Grand Tour also includes studio audience recordings filmed in front of a live audience in their giant traveling tent. The team has already brought the tent to Johannesburg and, after California, will be heading to more, yet-to-be-announced destinations.
The show rides onto Amazon Prime Video after a lukewarm reception for the BBC’s own reboot of Top Gear, fronted by Chris Evans. Evans has since stepped down from the programme.
How do I watch The Grand Tour?
The Grand Tour is available to watch online on Amazon Prime Video. We know what you’re thinking: what the heck is that? In short, it’s Amazon’s answer to Netflix: a subscription streaming service, which you can access via mobile apps, other devices and Amazon’s website.
When are episodes released?
Episode 1 of The Grand Tour will see Jeremy, James and Richard in California. It is released on Friday 18th November. New episodes are then released weekly for 12 weeks, ending on Friday 3rd February 2017.
What devices is Amazon Prime Video available on?
You can get the Amazon Video app on smart TVs, streaming media players – including Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick – Xbox, PlayStation, Wii, Wii U, iOS and Android phones and tablets, and on the web.
Do I need an Amazon Prime account, whatever that is?
No. Amazon Prime Video is included as part of a yearly Amazon Prime membership, which costs £79 a year (the equivalent of £6.58 a month). That includes free next-day delivery on Amazon products – and a 30-day free trial is available. (Pro tip: Wait until the end of The Grand Tour in February 2017 and you can watch it all within your month’s free trial and then stop the trial without having to pay a penny.)
But good news: you can get Amazon Prime Video without Amazon Prime. You can subscribe to the video service by itself for £5.99 a month, with no contract. That means you can cancel at any time, so you could stop another VOD subscription in November 2016 and replace it with this, then swap back after the show ends.
Update: Amazon is now offering an Amazon Prime membership for £59 a year, discounted from the usual £79, until Friday 18th November
What else is on Amazon Prime Video?
While you’re paying £5.99 a month, there are a whole host of other shows that are worth your subscription fee, from exclusive series such as Mr. Robot and Preacher, original shows such as Transparent, Red Oaks and The Man in the High Castle, and movies including The Imitation Game, Room, Edge of Tomorrow and Paddington.
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