Here’s Why Top Gear Can’t Be Aired Any Faster In Australia Than It Is Now

Here’s Why Top Gear Can’t Be Aired Any Faster In Australia Than It Is Now


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Here’s a statement we received from BBC Worldwide earlier today:

BBC Worldwide Statement:

Top Gear is produced very close to UK transmission and so, unlike dramas, it is not able to transmit immediately globally as it needs to be reversioned and cleared for international broadcast. We’re really pleased to be able to bring Top Gear to viewers first on Foxtel, earlier than ever before and as soon as is technically possible.

That makes plenty of sense, but it’s not doing anything to stop downloaders the world over from getting hold of Top Gear‘s UK airing just hours after it has aired. As a result, we can’t call what BBC and Foxtel are doing “fast-tracking” from the UK. We can only call it “fast as we possibly can”-ing”, which is certainly better than nothing, but still not enough to stem piracy.

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