Amazon may have found its answer to rival Netflixs global expansion: Worldwide availability of its Prime Video streaming service.
In a video posted on YouTube, the cast of the Amazon Prime exclusive Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond noted that fans in over 200 countries will be able to catch up on the old episodes in December and “get a brand new episode every Friday on Amazon.”
The surprise video announcement has all but confirmed that the company plans to expand Prime Video service to more regions.
Responding to people’s excitement on Twitter, Clarkson said “Amazon has gone global.” When asked for more details, an Amazon spokesperson declined to comment, but said, “Stay tuned!”
Don’t get your hopes all pumped up, though.
Amazon quietly made Prime Video available in Australia this week, though as we pointed out, not all other Prime titles are available to people in Down Under. So it seems likely (that much like Netflix), users worldwide won’t get access to entire catalog.
So. People of Ireland, Canada, Australia and pretty well everywhere else. You WILL be able to watch the Grand Tour. Amazon has gone global.
Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) November 16, 2016
The international availability of The Grand Tour will help the show get more exposure where BBCs Top Gear is streamed and broadcasted. Clarkson was sacked from Top Gearlast year, and shortly afterwards his colleagues from the show May and Hammond had also decided to leave.
Though Netflix has always maintained dominance in the on-demand streaming space, its plans to expand in 130 new nations in January gave it a further lead. Amazon has been playing catch up with Netflix for years and The Grand Tour may turn out to be the weapon it needs for booming growth.
In India, Amazon plans to offer Video service at a surprisingly low price. Amazon launched Prime in India earlier this year, but the membership doesn’t include Video service just yet.
The company told Mashable India last month that Prime subscribers will get access to Prime Video service as part of their membership.
Amazon Prime costs Rs 999 ($15) in India, and is currently being offered at Rs 499 ($7.5), which means that people in India won’t even have to pay a dollar per month for Prime Video access.
Amazon has also acquired rights for select titles such as spin off of blockbuster Bollywood movie and others.
Amazon India is also reportedly looking for digital streaming rights for the popular Indian Premier League cricket tournament.