Anticipation has been steadily building since we found out the old BBC Top Gear team of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond would be moving their automotive to the internet to make The Grand Tour. Today, you can finally watch it. (Probably.)
AU Editor's Note: OK, so a few things to keep in mind here guys. We're in a bit of a funny situation. Amazon Prime Video is available in Australia right now -- you can watch other Amazon Originals like The Man In The High Castle already. But who knows what might happen in under an hour when The Grand Tour becomes available internationally? Will we have to wait until December? Or will it just magically be there to stream through the power of the internet? I'm running this post just in case. -- Cam
UPDATE: Amazon is streaming The Grand Tour right now. No VPN, no nothing. All you need is an Amazon Prime subscription.
How To Watch The Grand Tour
- Be in the U.K., U.S., Germany or Japan.
- Become an Amazon Prime member before tonight.
- Mash F5 to refresh The Grand Tour page on tonight at 11M AEDT.
If you're in Australia, here's the official angle on when you can watch The Grand Tour. Amazon:
The Grand Tour launches in the UK, US, Germany, Austria and Japan this Friday, 18 November. In December, the show will premiere in 200 countries and territories around the world, exclusively on Amazon. Fans from around the globe will be able to catch up on all episodes aired to date. New episodes will be released weekly, every Friday, worldwide.
Starting in December, Amazon will open the floodgates to the rest of the world.
The Grand Tour is an Amazon.com product, which means it will be available for streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. A spokesperson has confirmed that you will not be able to watch the show on a 'pay-per-episode' basis -- you’ve got to become a member to get it on time.
The first episode is slated to drop tonight at 00:01 Greenwich Mean Time -- 11:01AM AEDT (Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra time) in Australia, and we’ll be live-blogging the whole thing.
If it’s not there initially, just wait like a normal human. The show’s not going anywhere.
Anyway a Prime Video membership is $US8.99 a month. Since the show is expected to have a 12-episode first season (running every Friday, or Thursday night if you’re not in the United States) you should be able to keep up with the show for about $US27 total.
But if you feel like spending a little more ($US10.99/month) you can unlock the full Amazon Prime experience which gets you deals on (US-only) shipping, jumps on sales and unlimited cloud storage which actually sounds kind of awesome.
The easiest workaround for you cheapskates (no shame) is to get the free 30-day trial membership. But of course, once that runs out so will your supply of new The Grand Tour episodes. So call it $US18.
I mean, if you’re really cheap you can just wait five minutes after it goes live, Google “stream the grand tour free,” and some grainy virus-riddled rip will probably be on the first or second results page. But I’m sure I’m not supposed to endorse that. Support the artists!
Anyway I’ll be in Mexico scraping sand out from under my eyelids when this drops but I’m almost more excited to come back and crash onto my couch with it as soon as I get back.