Did you see what I did there? In case you have not heard, the former stars of Top Gear have now signed a deal to get “streamed” (I did it again) by the service.
It seems that Amazon are currently trying to break into Netflix’s business and are touting the boys (boys!) as their first big series.
Let me know how THAT goes. The thing is, I live in Thailand and about six years ago (when I first got online) I tried ordering something from Amazon – and they turned out to be monumental TIME-WASTERS.
Having selected my goods, their system lead me through a load of old bollocks – then right at the END, informed me that their inadequate service could not ship to Thailand.
Of course, a BARELY-competent service would have told me that up front, once it had identified my location – and a FULLY competent one ships ANYWHERE.
Now, whether they have since pulled their collective heads out of their collective arses and FIXED this deficiency I know not – nor do I care, because since then, I have gotten all my needs from EBAY.
I immediately discovered that THAT service could provide pretty much everything Amazon could (and NEW, of course) – but almost all of their traders could and WOULD ship to anywhere.
Provided you skipped third-party leeches like Channel Advisor [sic] your goods would reach you promptly – from Ulan Bator to the South Pole.
And now Amazon are entering the waters (I must stop doing that) of TELEVISION? Oh dear!
If they had problems with books, CDs, DVDs and the like – they are REALLY going to have their work cut out with TV. There is this thing called CLEARANCE.
All TV programmes have to be PAID for. This is why they have RATINGS (did you think they were for the producers’ egos?) Programme makers need to know how many people are watching their stuff – and where.
And for this reason, when Netflix finally got themselves a winner – the US version of House Of Cards – in Asia, it was streamed on satellite TV.
Whether the same fate will befall the guys’ new effort remains to be seen.
And what OF that? Before the BBC’s orgy of self-flagellation (brought on by the Savile fiasco) which resulted in Top Gear’s demise – the series had run out of steam anyway (this new contract with Amazon is like a boxing promoter signing George Foreman).
But Auntie still owns the format and name. So while they can skirt the former, they will have to replace the latter…
I have it…
You’re welcome, chaps.