Tensions between Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc after Cenotaph 'donut' stunt
The revamped Top Gear is set to go head-to-head with Jeremy Clarkson's new motoring programme after it emerged that the show will be streamed on Netflix.
Previous episodes of Top Gear have long been available on the online video service, and Netflix bosses have confirmed that they will continue to broadcast the new series presented by Chris Evans.
The news means that the new-look Top Gear will compete online with Clarkson's show, which was snapped up by Amazon's online video site in a nine-figure deal.
Skid marks around the Cenotaph in central London following a Top Gear stunt.
Both programmes are set to make their debuts later this year, and will be streamed online by their respective video websites and apps.
Netflix bosses said yesterday that they would show the new series of Top Gear, which has been hit by controversy amidst reports of rows between Evans and his co-star Matt LeBlanc.
Chief content officer Ted Sarandos revealed that negotiations with BBC Worldwide, which handles the rights to the show, are still ongoing but said that Top Gear would definitely return to Netflix.
'Theoretically it should follow the deal of the old format where Top Gear is still under the terms of the old deal,' he told RadioTimes.com. 'So in many parts of the world we already have it picked up and we'll continue to talk to them about doing it as well.
'The show is very popular on Netflix as you can imagine.'
Mr Sarandos told BuzzFeed that the new Top Gear would be broadcast 'multi-territory', although he could not confirm exactly which countries would be able to watch the show.
CEO Reed Hastings also hinted that Netflix had bid unsuccessfully for Clarkson's rival show, which will feature his former Top Gear co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond.
'They bid themselves out to many people and to the highest price, like most creators do,' he said. 'It's a natural process and Amazon paid the highest price.'
The trio left Top Gear last year after Clarkson was sacked by the BBC for punching a producer at a Yorkshire hotel in a row over a steak.
Their new show, whose title has not yet been announced, was snapped up by Amazon for a reported £160million, and will be available on the web giant's video service in the autumn.
etflix bosses have previously suggested that Amazon overpaid for the programme, saying that the stars 'sold themselves for way more money' than they were worth.
An official said that the company had used internal data to track how much money the Top Gear hosts could make for Netflix, adding: 'Clearly it wasn't worth the money to make the deal.'
Top Gear will stay on the BBC with its new presenters, car fanatic DJ Evans and former Friends actor LeBlanc, but its format is set to change due to the switch in personnel.
The programme, which is also due to start this autumn, recently ran into trouble when it filmed a car doing doughnuts just yards away from the Cenotaph war memorial in Central London.
The incident is reported to have caused friction between the two hosts, with Evans apparently blaming LeBlanc - who was in the car's passenger seat - for tarnishing the image of the brand.