TopGear is Pissing me off! (BBC America Edits a Lot Out)

topgear, BBC AmericaOk TopGear and company, I thought you had finally come to your senses and finally decided to broadcast TopGear to the United States via BBC America. I was glad the US Pilot was scrapped (because there was no open audition for it) and people would stop uploading your videos to YouTube because they would be able to tune in and see it on TV like 350 million other people around the world do every week. But NO, I saw it for the first time this weekend and I am sorry to report that it’s screwed up again. Here’s why:

1. The season is off for broadcasting to America. They show season 9 on BBC America and Season 10 is airing now. Why do they make the US wait 6 months behind everyone else? See reason 2.

2. They cut out 1/3 of the program!! WTF!!!@!>? I know the BBC America’s monetization format is from subscriber fees AND commercials but jesus, why can’t you just leave all 60 minutes of the show intact for just this one show? Or extend it to be an hour and a half? Putting 20 minutes of commercials in and taking out 20 minutes of content ruins it. It is no where near as good if you chop it up and put commercials for razors and beer every 5 minutes.

3. WTF is up with the promos showing the big funny moments before each commercial break?? You’re spoiling it. It’s not supposed to work like US TV where you bait someone along for 3 hours for a payoff after you have monetized them to death. Just let it run for 60 minutes and then play commercials for a 1/2 hr before or after.

Seriously. This is awful. And it’s not really TopGear. You can’t ‘get” TopGear in bite size pieces. You don’t get the relationships or the references that are particularly UK or European unless you sit and watch the whole thing and then think about it for a while and watch it again. And duh, that is why we LIKE it. We want to learn about how things are over there, and see what they have to say. It’s entertaining because it’s worldly and different.

Please, I beg you to just sell the full format shows in a DVD box set that is in it’s complete 60 minute format.  Start releasing season 1 now and roll out the rest over the next 2 years. Seriously it is the only way you will ever really win over the Americans, by showing us the same program the same way you show it to the rest of the world. Jipping us by selling a 1/2 assed version just sucks.

At this point I recommend only watching the full versions on YouTube and not watching it on BBC America at all.

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7 thoughts on “TopGear is Pissing me off! (BBC America Edits a Lot Out)

  1. I was surprised when I found a YouTube video of Hammond trying to put a Ducati 1098 on the cool wall; I thought to myself, “Hey! I’ve seen that beginning part before; but this chainsaw bit is new.”

    I’m glad to get even just the snipped version of Top Gear — tainted is better than none.

  2. Maybe, but I get full versions and watching this after seeing the whole thing uncut and without interruption is painful! They are jipping you guys big time and cutting out 20 minutes is a HUGE amount of content. It actually changes the story in the challenges. I think they should treat us equally and show it in it’s entiretly like it is shown to everyone else in the rest of the world. This commercial revenue crap is screwing it up big time.

  3. At least it’s not the 30 minute version on BBC World. I’m used to being jipped by the man. 😦 Especially after watching MotoGP and WRC coverage on Eurosport (yes, I actually spent vacation time in Europe watching TV and loving every second).

  4. As a Brit moving to the US next Spring after getting married to an American, keeping up with UK tv is essential. Not wanting to spend my time watching Benny Hill and make over shows on BBC America and sliced up BBC programmes to make way for adverts, I’ve got a Slingbox in the UK plugged into the internet that I can then watch all UK TV on my laptop (Freeview channels). And you can plug in a hard disk drive recorder (PVR – Humax ones work) to record and play shows controlled by the Slingbox when you like given the time difference. And you can plug your laptop into your flatscreen TV to make it like you are 3000 miles away watching TV in the UK!

    So if you know someone in the UK with broadband, get a UK Slingbox (not one brought in the US) and away you go! May be this way BBC America will get the message and stop slicing up shows!! P.S The UK guy needs Upload speed of 600kbs or more for a decent picture).

    I watched the latest Top Gear live yesterday in DC as it was being shown on BBC2!! It was great!

    Did I mention the bit about watching Slingbox UK TV on your mobile phone with windows media player?!

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