Football is back, baby! If you’re a hardcore NFL fan who catches every game, or just a casual viewer, not much beats the excitement of a well-matched NFL game. While Sunday is, and always has been, the “big day”, Thursday Night Football is another favorite (and has some killer matchups scheduled this season). It’s also now possible to watch Thursday Night Football online!
How can you watch Thursday Night Football without cable? In the 2017 season, it will be easier than ever! TNF has some complicated broadcasting rights, with games split between NFL Network, NBC, CBS, and – new this year – Amazon Prime. Keep reading to learn how to access Thursday Night Football streaming for the whole season!
Watch Thursday Night Football Online with Amazon Prime Video
Here’s something new: Amazon is entering the live sports streaming market! This season, Amazon Prime subscribers will get live access to 10 NFL Thursday Night Football games. These games can be streamed live via the Amazon Prime Instant Video app, on all of your favorite devices (streaming players, smartphones, computers and more).
If you’re already a Prime member, you can just sign in and watch the Thursday Night Football live stream for any of the 10 games that Amazon has rights to. If you’re not yet a member, you can join for $99 for a full year. Some benefits of Amazon Prime include:
- Access to the Amazon Prime Instant Video streaming library, with hundreds of thousands of episodes, movies, and more (similar to Netflix)
- Access to watch Thursday Night Football games online for 10 games this season
- Free 2-day shipping on millions of items on Amazon.com
- Access to exclusive discounts
- Free digital photo storage
- TONS more
There’s a free 30 day trial of Amazon Prime available, as well. After that, it’s $99/year (there are monthly packages available, too, if you prefer). With all the benefits, Prime is an excellent bargain for most people. Read our review of Amazon Prime Instant Video to learn more.
Keep in mind that this will let you watch the Thursday Night Football live stream for 10 of the 18 games scheduled this season. So, it’s the majority of games, but not all of them.
Get The Thursday Night Football Live Stream via Sling TV
Sling TV is a live streaming service that offers an excellent alternative to cable TV. With plans from just $20 a month, it’s a very affordable option. There are 30-100+ channels available, depending on which package you choose, and all of these channels can be watched live.
Sling TV includes NFL Network in its Sling Blue package, which covers Thursday Night Football streaming. Note that some games that also air on CBS, NBC or Amazon Prime will be blacked out from live streaming on Sling TV, but the games that air exclusively on NFL Network (7 games this season) will be available to stream live. With that said, Sling TV DOES offer NBC streaming in some areas, so if you’re in a covered area, you’ll be able to watch those games on Sling, too.
Other channels that Sling TV offers include ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, and NBC/FOX/regional sports networks, in select areas. This means Sling will be useful all season long for watching live football – not just for the Thursday Night Football stream. See our Sling TV review to learn more.
You can use Sling TV on most devices, ranging from smart TVs to smart phones, gaming consoles to streaming players, and more. Need a device to use? Sling TV has excellent deals on new streaming devices for folks who sign up and prepay for a few months.
Want the Thursday Night Football live stream free? Try Sling TV out with a free 7-day trial!
Watch TNF Online via PlayStation Vue
PlayStation Vue provides another good way to watch Thursday Night Football online. The service has plans starting from $30 a month, and it does not require a contract. You can use it on most devices, including PlayStation consoles, streaming players, and mobile devices.
NFL Network is included in some packages, which means direct access to some Thursday Night Football game live streams. Keep in mind the same blackouts may apply – only games airing exclusively on NFL Network will be viewable live using this service. Unless of course you live in an area where Vue offers CBS or NBC, in which case you’ll be able to stream the game on those networks. See our PS Vue review for details.
Want to watch Thursday Night Football online free? Try a FREE 5-day trial of PlayStation Vue!
Watch Thursday Night Football Games Online On-Demand using NFL Game Pass
If you don’t mind waiting until after the game airs, you can catch an on-demand replay using NFL Game Pass. Again, this is NOT for live streaming, just for on-demand replays. If that doesn’t bother you, it’s a viable way to watch Thursday Night Football online (along with all other games!)
The service costs $99.99 per season, and provides on-demand access to all regular season games, plus live access to preseason games. There’s even a huge library of replays from past seasons to enjoy! Check out our NFL Game Pass review, or click here to start a free trial!
Other Ways to Watch TNF Online
The methods listed above are generally the best ways to watch TNF games online, but there are a couple others. DIRECTV NOW is one – it offers NBC and CBS in select markets, so it will cover about half the games. It costs $35 a month for 60+ channels, and there’s a free 7-day trial.
fuboTV would also work, as it too offers NBC and CBS in select areas. It also costs $35 a month for 60+ channels. Neither DIRECTV NOW nor fuboTV include NFL Network, though.
What Channel is Thursday Night Football On?
Looking for the Thursday Night Football channel? This season, broadcast and streaming rights for TNF are a bit complicated. Coverage is split between Amazon Prime (10 games), NFL Network (7 games), NBC (6 games), and CBS (5 games). NFL Network will technically broadcast all of the games, but blackouts may apply in some areas where the game is also broadcast by NBC, CBS, or Amazon Prime. See the official Thursday Night Football schedule here for details.
We get it – it’s a bit complicated! Here’s our recommendation: get Amazon Prime for the 10 games that it will air (and all the other awesome benefits of Prime membership), and get Sling TV for the NFL Network hosted games. This should get you access to every Thursday Night Football game of the season. Amazon Prime offers a 30-day free trial, and Sling TV has a 7-day free trial.
For more info, check out our guide on how to watch NFL games online.
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