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How to Live Stream NFL Thursday Night Football

NFL Thursday Night football has been around for more than a decade giving pro football starved fans something to hold them over until Sunday. Let’s take a detailed look at all the streaming and over the air options for watching NFL Thursday Night Football.

The NFL Thursday Night TV “package” technically doesn’t count the NFL Kickoff Game and the Thanksgiving Night game, but since both take place on Thursday night, we’ll include the viewing and streaming options here anyway. For details on the NFL Kickoff Game or Thanksgiving night game, scroll to the end of the article.

NFL Thursday Night Football

The primary Thursday Night NFL schedule will be broadcast by the combination of NFL Network, Fox, and Amazon Prime Video.

The broadcast deal for the NFL Thursday Night package can be a bit confusing. The Fox broadcast team will broadcast all the games across all platforms. All games are available on the NFL network, but only the games of Week 5 through Week 16 are available on Fox and Amazon Prime Video. NFL Network will exclusively broadcast Thursday Night Week 2, Week 3, and Week 4 games. With Amazon Prime Video, you also get the option to listen to an alternative audio call of the game by Andrea Kremer and Hannah Storm.

NFL Thursday Night Football Schedule

Week 2: Cincinnati Bengals at Cleveland Browns (NFL Network Only)

Week 3: Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL Network Only)

Week 4: Denver Broncos at NY Jets (NFL Network Only)

Week 5: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears

Week 6: KC Chiefs at Buffalo Bills

Week 7: NY Giants at Philadelphia Eagles

Week 8: Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers

Week 9: Green Bay Packers at San Francisco 49ers

Week 10: Indianapolis Colts at Tennessee Titans

Week 11: Arizona Cardinals at Seattle Seahawks

Week 13: Dallas Cowboys at Baltimore Ravens 

Week 14: New England Patriots at LA Rams

Week 15: San Diego Chargers at Las Vegas Raiders

Week 16Christmas Day Game: Minnesota Vikings at New Orleans Saints (Friday)

Note: In 2020, the NFL will also feature “up to” 3 flex games on Saturday in Weeks 15 and 16. The NFL Network will broadcast a Saturday NFL double header in both weeks. This will be an exclusive NFL Network broadcast. These games aren’t on a Thursday Night, but they are worth considering if you considering whether to sign up for a TV service with NFL Network.

Ways to Watch NFL Thursday Night Football

Amazon Prime Video

As mentioned earlier, if you are an Amazon Prime subscriber, you already have access to watch the NFL Thursday Night lineup in weeks 5 though 16 with the exception of the Thanksgiving night game. You can watch the games in your browser, via mobile with the Prime Video app from the Apple App Store or Google Play store, using a tv connected device such as the Fire TV Stick, Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, xBox, Playstation, and others, or a Smart TV with the Amazon Prime Video app.

If you are not already an Amazon Prime subscriber, you can sign up for a yearly subscription for $119 per year (which includes all sorts of other benefits) or $12.99 per month. Students with a valid .edu can signup for Amazon Prime Student for $6.49 / month, or $59 / year, both of which includes a 6 month free trial.

Online Video Services: fuboTV & YouTube TV

Since all games are broadcast on NFL Network, any of the online video service packages that offer the NFL Network will give you access to live stream all the Thursday night games. The problem is only fuboTV, YouTube TV, and Sling’s Blue package offer NFL Network it as part of their packages.

Playstation Vue did include the NFL Network, but it ceased it operations earlier in 2020.

I hesitate to even include it, but there is a service called Vidgo that also has the NFL Network. I’ve not personally reviewed it, but the reviews I’ve read tend to be pretty bad.

Twitch.tv

A free option for 2020 is Twitch.tv. This live streaming service, which is also owned by Amazon, offers a few live streaming options for NFL Thursday Night Football games that are also broadcast on Amazon.  PrimeVideo has the regular TV feed, the Scout’s Feed, and the TwitchSports feed.

Mobile Only

The Yahoo Sports App and NFL App allows you to watch every in-market NFL game on your mobile device for free with any additional subscription and without the need to authenticate through a TV provider. This is a mobile only option, so you can’t connect to a larger screen, but it is free to all on iOS and Android.

Note – The following games are only available to stream via cellular and are restricted on tablets:

  • Week 2 – September 17, 2020 – Bengals vs. Browns
  • Week 3 – September 24, 2020 – Dolphins vs. Jaguars
  • Week 4 – October 1, 2020 – Broncos vs. Jets

NFL Live on Yahoo Sports App FAQ

NFL Kickoff Game

The NFL Kickoff Game is a bit different than the rest of the Thursday Night NFL schedule. This traditional season opener for the NFL is technically part of the NFL Sunday Night Football package and is broadcast on NBC. It is on Thursday night, however, so I’m considering it as such. The same goes for the Thanksgiving night game which I cover at the end of the post. The 2020 edition of the NFL Kickoff game features the Houston Texans at the Kansas City Chiefs on September 10th at 8pm EDT.

Ways to Watch NFL Kickoff Game Only

* You’ll want to double check each service to make sure they offer local channels in your area. Most of them do, but always check before subscribing.

Thanksgiving Night Game

Like the NFL Kickoff Game, the Thanksgiving night game doesn’t get lumped in with the standard NFL Thursday Night package, but again, since it is on Thursday night, we’ll include it.

The 2020 Thanksgiving night game comes in Week 12 of the NFL schedule and features Baltimore at Pittsburgh.

Ways to Watch NFL Thanksgiving Night Game Only

Conclusion

If you want to be sure you see every NFL Thursday Night you’ll want to have a subscription to a TV service with NFL Network. As of now, that includes fuboTV, YouTube TV, and Sling TV’s Blue package for online streaming service with NFL Network. If have Amazon Prime, Fox via TV subscription, or over-the-air antenna, or don’t mind watching on mobile or on Twitch.tv, you can still enjoy most of the NFL Thursday Night games in 2020.

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