We have a little over a month left to go before Amazon premiere’s The Grand Tour, one of the most anticipated shows in recent memory. With our growing Facebook Page | Grand Tour Nation, we have been receiving a lot of messages asking the same question – How can I watch the new car show by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May?

Well, let’s break it down for you right here:

First Step on The Grand Tour

You’re going to need to go buy an Amazon Prime subscription, since Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos paid a reported $250 million for it, he’s hoping to get his money back from the $99 a year subscription for all the former Top Gear fans coming over.

NUMBERS: Amazon needs to sign up 2.52 million new subscribers over the next 3 years to break even on this deal if they were not to sell any advertisements in the show.

With that fact, it seems very unlikely Amazon will sell the rights to the show to any television networks hoping to show reruns of the show.

Buy your $99 Amazon Prime Subscription Here

Justifying the $99 Cost – Cutting the Cord

If you’ve been on the fence about cutting the cord and living off just streaming content, then this is probably the best reason to do it. Along with the ability to watch the boys race supercars and tell jokes that would make a teenage boy blush, you’re also getting a lot more with your Amazon subscription:

  • Free 2-Day delivery on packages. Some times free same-day delivery!
  • Unlimited streaming of movies and tv shows on your amazon enabled devices.
    • HBO Library
    • Amazon Original Programing
    • Some Movies & TV Shows: Senna, PBS for Kids, The Walking Dead, Dallas Buyers Club, Boogie Nights, etc.
  • Unlimited Prime Music: Think Spotify, Pandora or iTunes Radio
  • Unlimited Photo Storage

If you play your cards right, you could get your $99 back in free deliveries alone!

Amazon TV BundleIf you need to ween yourself off traditional cable television, there are services such as Playstation TV and Sling, which broadcast live tv such as ESPN, History, FoodTV, Travel Channel, TNT and TBS. Costs range from $20-$25 a month, but compared to $150 a month for cable, this could be a great deal:

On average, traditional cable tv costs an average household about $1800 a year. With this setup, you’re looking at under $500 for the first year and then $340 a year after that. Not bad, huh?

Apologies on how salesy this looks, but we’re just trying our best to answer all the questions as best as we can, so we don’t have to answer any more in the future! 

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Technology – What equipment should you get?

Television

Since this epic new motoring show is going to be shot in HDR/4k Ultra HD, make sure you have an Amazon device that is capable of delivery 4k streaming content to your television.

Next, you should make sure you have a 4k enabled television. If money’s no object, then check out Samsung and LG OLEDs and while you’re at it, make a donation to Grand Tour Nation. If money is an object, then check out the M-series by Vizio, which we honestly think is the best bang for your buck 4k televisions out there.

*Note – You don’t have to have a 4k enabled television to watch The Grand Tour. Any tv that can receive a digital signal should do the trick!

Although executive producer, Andy Wilman, said it was very difficult to film in 4k, it was something that Amazon pushed hard for, so let’s hope the image/sound quality can keep up with the quality of show Clarkson, Hammond and May will bring to us in October!

Streaming Device

You do NOT need an Amazon device to watch Amazon Videos. You just need a device that can enable Amazon Videos such as an iPhone with the Amazon Videos App or an Android Device with the Amazon Videos App.

Solutions for Every Budget (if you already have a Amazon Prime account)

  • Free if you watch videos on a computer, mobile device or internet enabled television
    • Download the App: iOS | Android
    • Use Your Smart TV Apps: Vizio, Samsung & TCL Roku TVs
    • Open a browser on your computer and go to: Amazon Video
  •  $0-$50
    • Amazon Fire Stick | $39.99 – Just plug it into your HDMI enabled tv and login to your Amazon Prime account.
    • Amazon Fire Tablet | $49.99 – Login with your Amazon Prime and Open your App
    • From what we’ve learned, Google Chromecast does not work with Amazon Prime. Correct us if we’re wrong.
    • Roku Streaming Stick | $49.99 – Just plug it into your HDMI enabled tv and login to your Amazon Prime account.
  • $51-$100
    • Roku 3 | $78.75 – Just plug it into your HDMI enabled tv and login to your Amazon Prime account. This is NON-4k.
    •  Amazon Fire TV | $99.99 – 4K Enabled. Just plug it into your HDMI enabled tv and login to your Amazon Prime account.
    • Apple TV does not work with Amazon Instant Videos. Apparently, they’re still negotiating out a deal, since they are direct competitors with each other.
  • $100-$150
    • Roku 4 | $114.18 – – 4K Enabled. Just plug it into your HDMI enabled tv and login to your Amazon Prime account. In our honest opinion, the only reason Roku can justify the $15 markup over the Amazon device is that they are not tied to the Amazon eco-system and can adapt to new technology faster.

Available Countries

Apparently, Amazon Instant Video isn’t available to everyone just yet. From what we see, here are the only countries that can

  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Germany
  • Austria
  • Japan

Getting Around Restrictions – YMMV

From the research we’ve done, there are definitely ways to get around the country restrictions.

  1. Sign up for a US Amazon account. So, that means no .ca or .it at the end. You’re looking for .com and that is it.us-amazon-account
  2. This may be a little tricky as this works some times with your native country’s credit card info. If it doesn’t work, then you might want to try making a fake US address and link that to your instant video account. That might just do the trick.
  3. Now, sign up for a VPN service to make Amazon think you’re watching from the US. Here’s a video we found that can help:

 

VPN: Get around Country Restrictions

The good thing is that there is a 30 day free trial on a Amazon Instant Video, so if it doesn’t work, just make sure to cancel your account


Leave a comment if you have any other questions and we’ll update this page as best as we can.

 

48 Responses

      • Robin Green

        I’m actually quite confused. Supposed to be 4K. My TV upscales to 4K so was an absolutely amazing picture but pretty sure it was broadcast in 1080. *shrugs*
        I really enjoyed it though :)6

  1. Jacob

    I don’t have Amazon Prime but I subscribe to Amazon Video streaming service for a monthly fee. This is the service that will be streaming TGT. Will that suffice? Thank you.

  2. Eric Fletcher SOC

    THE TV to get to watch the show is a LG OLED with Dolby Vision. The show was shot in 4K HDR and the look and palette is HDR Native. I’ve seen it both Projected with a Dolby Vision projector and on the LG OLED with Dolby Vision and it looks glorious. It puts the old TGUK in HD to shame.

    Wonder if Amazon is going to do a special deal for Prime subscribers to buy a LG OLED with Dolby Vision

  3. Josh

    Is Amazon going to do what they do with most of the good shows and give prime members the first couple episodes for free then charge for the rest of the season?

  4. vespajet

    One thing to note is that even if you have a 4K TV, that won’t mean a thing if you don’t have an internet connection with constant speeds of at least 20-25 Mbps.

  5. Brian Ehlin

    Don’t think I’ll be buying Amazon prime just for this show, as much as I loved watching these guys on BBC, because I have satellite & Netflix. Perhaps if they cut the price in half I’d consider it.

  6. Powwaaahhh

    Amazon paid $250 million for a billion dollar show. They already have Clarkson in an awesome ad campaign boosting overall sales (fraction of a percent but guarantee it’s a gain) as it is. Not to mention merch, tickets, events, blah blah. Amazon is really good with looong term business models i think this was an AWESOME move for everyone involved from Amazon, to the three guys, to us the audience. So stoked for them to be back!

    • Ian Skinner

      The problem is they’ve had time up the wazoo to lic in other countries , but seem not to have done it. Canada is a great example. This just leaves things WIDE open for pirated streaming and torrent DL. Amazon, had seriously dropped the ball.

  7. Rob Brandt

    I’ve already got AppleTV and Chrome Cast. I am NOT going to buy yet another device just to watch this. Even though I am a huge fan. I’ll find somewhere else to watch it. Bezos needs to decide whether he’s going to sell subscriptions or devices. He’s not going to get both.

  8. Jill

    “A little over a month to go” but I can’t find an actual date anywhere, on any search, on any site. WHEN IS THE SHOW ACTUALLY STARTING?

  9. Brandon

    Well, if they’re going to region lock it an not offer it to my country I guess I’ll pirate it for free.

  10. Hugh Wilson

    If I am already a Prime subscriber, am I good to go or is there an additional purchase fee?

  11. a random user

    thanks i just wasted my 30 day trial to find out its still not out yet. 🙁

  12. Lisa Gaw

    Already have a fire stick (not sure if it’s 4K enabled) – will I still be able to watch? Considering it’s why we bought the damn thing when we found out they boys were headed to Amazon, I sure hope so…

  13. Rob

    Are all episodes being released at once, or on a weekly basis? And are they Free if I already have Amazon Prime?

  14. Matt

    There is the rest of the world that hasn’t been mentioned here. Does Amazon stream in the UK, Europe, Australia, Asia…..?

    • Shane Delaney

      I second this question. I contacted Amazon.ca and they continue to state that Amazon Video is not available in Canada.
      Can’t you PLEASE sell it to a Canadian broadcaster just for a first season until Amazon gets it act together???

    • Josh Hust

      the bottom of this post goes into detail about how to “trick” amazon prime into thinking you live in the US. the hardest part is using a “VPN” or virtual private network. what that does is trick the internet into thinking your computer’s IP address is actually LOCATED inside the US, instead of canada. most of the time, that trick works, and amazon will stream to you, thinking that you are actually in the US. if not, there is a 30 day free Prime trial that you can just cancel if it doesnt work. (ps, if you dont cancel, it will automatically bill you for the prime membership)

    • Calvin

      Same here… If not on Amazon, are they considering iTunes or other platforms? I would gladly pay to watch it, just need an avenue!!!!

  15. Steve M.

    “…need to go BY an Amazon Prime subscription…” I assume it needs to be PURCHASED?

  16. Enid Smith

    So if you don’t have 4k, will you still be able to watch the show?

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