Have you ever believed that standing in the 21st century you could worship football as a religion? Not typically, right?
In other words, if you’ve been dressing up in your favorite team’s colour every Sunday to go to the stadium or sit before the TV to worship your team, aren’t you practising a new religion without even realizing it?
As the NFL regular season nears, the football fever is at an all-time high. Football has such an impact on those who follow it with a passion that one could very easily classify it as a religious faith.
One look at the ratings will tell you that the NFL is the king of the sport.
So, are you ready to dive into the NFL football madness scheduled on September 15 to be broadcasted only on NFL Network (19 games), Fox (11 games), and Amazon Prime Video (11 games)? Here’s everything you should know on how to watch Thursday night football.
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Thursday Night Football: How did it all start?
Between 1978-1986, NFL Thursday games were occasionally broadcasted as part of Monday Night Football.
Before entering into a new agreement, ESPN carried the occasional games as well, until 2005.
Negotiating a new set of television contracts, NFL gave birth to the Thursday Night Football full time in 2006 bouncing between titles of Thursday and Saturday Night Football, depending on the night it was played.
Between 2014 and 2015, CBS broadcasted Thursday Night Football. With rights originally negotiated for a one-year contract worth $275 million, it was renewed in January 2015 at $300 million for another year.
While Thursday Night Football was kept on its slate for one more season, CBS shared the rights with NBC and NFL Network in 2017.
Watch Thursday Night football- Compatible Devices and Streaming Services
Unlike Monday Night Football, streaming Thursday Night Football may seem a bit complicated to you.
Amazon and NFL’s 11-year contract which was supposed to start in 2023 will instead kickstart in 2022 after Fox agreed to leave its deal a year early.
Though Amazon has carried NFL games since 2017, it has only been a fellow NFL broadcaster to major television networks, rather than exclusively carrying them.
This is the first time the NFL is locked behind a subscription service like Amazon Prime which will air all 15 Thursday Night Football games nationally and exclusively on Amazon Prime in 2022.
Stream Thursday Night Football on NFL Network
This is the most convenient way to watch every Thursday Night Football game since the NFL is the only network that broadcasts all 19 games.
If your television service provider or a qualifying streaming service like fuboTV offers access to the NFL Network, you can seamlessly watch your favourite Thursday Night Football on your computer, phone, tablet, or your preferred streaming devices.
Here’s how you can stream Thursday Night Football online with NFL Network:
- From a browser of your choice, navigate to the NFL Network’s How to Watch page.
- Here tap on Watch Live.
- Next, tap on Authenticate Now to sign in with your TV provider credentials.
- You’re now required to select your Television Service Provider. If you don’t find the name in the displayed options, type the name of your provider in the search field. Now press Enter.
- Here you must correctly enter the username and password for your television service provider when prompted, and click Continue. Note: If your Television and internet service provider are the same, you may not need to enter your credentials.
- Now tap on Watch Now, or wait until the timer finishes the count down.
- Navigate back to nfl.com/watch on game day to watch Thursday Night Football.
You’re all set to tune in to your favourite match(es) anytime.
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Stream Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime
Amazon, which initially had the streaming rights for 11 of the 19 Thursday Night Football games, is now all set to stream 15 of the 19 Thursday Night Football games in 2022.
So, if you’re a Prime subscriber already, you can easily access these games through Prime Video.
Besides streaming Thursday Night Football through Prime Video, Prime subscribers can also access these games available through Amazon’s official Twitch channel.
Here’s how you can stream Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime:
- First, subscribe to Amazon Prime, if you haven’t already.
(Note: The online giant made a recent announcement that the Prime membership prices will be exceeding from $20 to $139 per year at a time when it is set to become the new and exclusive home to Thursday Night Football in 2022).
- Then, all you need to do is simply visit Amazon Prime Video on the scheduled game day.
- Type Thursday Night Football into the search box and press Enter.
- Now Tap on Play to watch the game live.
Note: Amazon doesn’t display the listing for Thursday Night Football until the season is underway.
Stream NFL Network Thursday Night Football Games on Your Smartphone
If you have the NFL Network app, Thursday Night Football is also accessible on your phone, tablet, or any streaming device with the appropriate NFL Network app:
- NFL Network for iOS /Apple devices
- NFL Network for Android devices
- NFL Network for Amazon Fire TV
- NFL Network for Roku
- NFL Network for Xbox One
Streaming Thursday Night Football games through NFL apps requires a television package that includes NFL Network.
If you have the Amazon Prime Video Mobile App with a Prime subscription, Thursday Night Football is easily accessible on your phone, tablet, or any streaming device.
Here’s how to watch a subscription-based sports channel like NFL on your Amazon Prime Video mobile app or streaming service:
- To get started visit Amazon Prime Video from your smartphone and select Channels.
- Scrolling through the channel offerings you’ll come across Your Sports. Here, select See More.
- Select NFL by clicking the NFL banner.
- Depending on the channel, you’ll find options such as Start Your Free Trial or Subscribe. Tap on the option you want.
- If prompted, verify your billing information and return to Amazon Prime Channels.
- Locating the NFL channel once again, you may now watch live sports when a game or match is live if only there is a live game available as will be displayed on the channel page.
- You can do the same thing from a web browser through the Prime Video app.
Here is a list of the supported devices where you can download the Amazon Prime App
- Amazon Prime Video for Android
- Amazon Prime Video for iOS
- Xbox One
- Amazon Fire: Prime Video is by default included on Kindle Fire and Fire TV devices.
Watch Thursday Night Football via TV Streaming Services
Below we have listed a few options here for you to stream NFL for watching Thursday Night Football:
- NFL Network on fuboTV
NFL Network and NFL Redzone are both available on fuboTV. The NFL Network comes as part of the fuboTV “Starter” package worth $69.99 per month, with over 100 other channels.
However, if you want to upgrade to fuboTV’s add-on package- “Sports Plus with NFL RedZone” for an additional cost of $10.99 per month you will have access to NFL Redzone.
Note, fuboTV is compatible with Android smartphones, Android tablets, iOS (iPhone, iPad Apple TV 4th Gen and later), Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Roku, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TVs and Xbox One. Before confirming any package, try fuboTV’s 1-week free trial.
Also Read: NFL Sunday Ticket On Roku
- NFL Network on Sling TV
Besides NFL Network Sling TV also offers NFL Redzone. Opting for Sling Blue you’ll get NFL Network for $35 per month while opting for Sling Blue Sports Extra you’ll get NFL RedZone for an additional cost of $11 per month.
Sling TV is compatible with Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and more.
So, you can enjoy it on a TV, tablet, computer, or other smart devices. Before confirming to any package, try Sling TV’s 3-day free trial.
- Vidigo TV
Vidigo is a new addition to the major live streaming service that offers channel packages at a fairly competitive pricing over its competitors.
Currently, you can get NFL Network and NFL Redzone as a part of its Core Plan worth $55 per month which includes over 90 other channels. You can cancel your Vidgo subscription anytime but do try their free trial before you subscribe.
Vidgo is compatible with Android, iOS, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV. You can also stream the service simultaneously on 3 devices at the same time.
- YouTube TV
YouTube TV’s primary package offers NFL Network worth $64.99 per month. However, you’ll get NFL Redzone as part of its Sports Plus add-on package for an additional $10.99 per month.
Youtube TV is compatible with Android, iOS, Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast, and more.
Is your Football fever high?
If football and NFL are everything you’re crazy about, then here’s the biggest news for all NFL fans.
NFL is all set to spark its arrival in 2022 as it will simulcast the Thursday Night Football broadcast on local TV stations besides Amazon Prime Video.
This year, as part of its new agreement with Amazon Prime, Fox, CBS, NBC and ESPN/ABC, the NFL’s broadcasting revenue is set to skyrocket. That’s an 80% hike in the broadcasting revenue amounting to $113 billion over the next 11 years, compared to previous deals.
If you don’t want to miss out on any NFL matches this season, read this blog carefully.
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Have more questions on how to watch Thursday Night Football? Here’s a few solved one’s for you.
Q. Which Television Streaming services do I opt for to watch Thursday Night Football?
Are you a cord cutter without a television subscription and don’t want to watch Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video?
Then, you may be able to stream Thursday Night Football through a streaming service that offers NFL Network. Streaming services are nothing but cable replacements for cord-cutters.
FuboTV, Hulu Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV are the best streaming services to watch Thursday Night Football.
Q. How do I watch Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime?
To watch Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime, you must own an Amazon Prime account. From here, you can select the game when it’s on.
However, games in local markets will be aired normally. This means local fans don’t have to miss the game because it’s locked behind a subscription service.
Q. What time is Thursday Night Football aired?
Thursday Night Football is scheduled to kick start at 8:20 p.m. ET on September 15, 2022(Thursday).
Q. Do I need cable to watch Thursday Night Football?
No, you don’t need cable to watch Thursday Night Football. You can stream Thursday Night Football on compatible devices like Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV and Fire TV, including your smartphones, tablets, PC etc. TV streaming several services like FuboTV and Sling TV. Hulu Live TV etc also offer NFL Network in their base plan.
Q. How much does Amazon pay to carry NFL games exclusively?
In the history of the NFL, this is the first time that it has been locked behind a streaming service, and Amazon is paying $100 billion for a term of 11-years to become the first streamers to do it.
Q. Will NFL Network still carry Thursday Night Football?
In 2022, “Thursday Night Football” games move from Fox to Amazon Prime Video exclusively. Amazon Prime which had already been streaming several “TNF” games since 2017 now owns the exclusive streaming rights of 15 NFL games.
Q. Can NFL Network be accessed for free?
If you want to watch NFL Network only on your phone, the Yahoo Sports app is available for both iOS and Android smartphones. It offers every NFL game that broadcasts in your local TV market straight to your smartphone or tablet for free.
Q. Is it mandatory to become an Amazon Prime Subscriber to stream Thursday Night Football?
The answer is both Yes and No. If you’d like to watch Thursday Night Football anywhere and everywhere, and almost on any and every device, you’ll need to become an Amazon Prime member.
However, you can always try out its 30-day Free trial before paying for the service.
To watch almost every TNF game this season, you’ll need an Amazon Prime membership worth $99 per year. The subscription comes with a slew of additional benefits, like free 2-day shipping on the millions of products Amazon offers etc.
However, select games are also available from NFL Network, CBS, and NBC. So, think before you run out and pay $99 for a Prime membership.
Q. How do I Stream Thursday Night Football on my Smart TV?
You may not like to watch the NFL season game on your smartphone or tablet.
To get a better experience, simply download the Amazon Prime Video app to one of the many compatible devices mentioned previously, and stream it to your HDTV.
Most devices like the Apple TV, Fire TV and NVIDIA Shield all have the app by default. If not, a Google Chromecast will help you “cast” the game from your phone to the TV inside the app. You may even stream it from a computer to your HDTV over HDMI.