What you need to know
- The 2019 NFL season starts Sept. 5.
- Amazon Prime Video streams Thursday night games starting Sept. 26.
- It's free if you have an Amazon Prime membership.
We're in the back half of a two-year renewal of the partnership between NFL and Amazon Prime Video. The gist is pretty simple: Amazon gets to stream 11 of the Thursday Night Football games for free on Prime Video — which also gives them prime placement on all Amazon Fire TV devices. It's not the only way to watch the NFL on Thursday night, of course, but it's a great little deal for Amazon.
Things get going Sept. 26 with the Philadelphia Eagles at the Green Bay Packers. They continue each Thursday (taking off Nov. 28 for the Thanksgiving games) before wrapping up Dec. 12 with the New York Jets at Chicago Bears.
"We're revolutionizing the way football fans stream Thursday Night Football and allowing Prime members to personalize how they watch and hear the game," Marie Donoghue, Vice President of Prime Video Sports, said in a news release from Amazon. "There's something for every football fan — from deeper gameplay analytics at their fingertips, to differentiated commentary, to the ability to easily discover and watch on any device, anywhere in the world. We think both longtime sports fans and those new to the game will love watching and engaging with TNF on Prime Video and Twitch."
In addition to just being able to watch the game, Amazon also is putting forth a few special features that will make the viewing experience something you can't get anywhere else.
The "X-Ray for TNF" feature takes its popular X-Ray scheme from movies and TV — which lets you easily see who's in a scene — and ports it to sports, so you can get stats on ever play without having to take your eyes off the screen. It'll be available on Android, iOS, and if you're watching on a Fire TV device. Just hit the "Stats by X-Ray" button on your phone or tablet, or hit "up" on your Fire TV remote.
Amazon also is debuting NFL Next, a 30-minute live show on Prime Video produced by NFL Films. It'll feature commentary from two-time Super Bowl winner Chris Long, NFL Network and former coach Kay Adams, and Next Gen Stats expert James Koh.
"We're excited to collaborate once again with Amazon Prime Video to produce a different kind of NFL show," Ross Ketover, Chief Executive of NFL Films, said in the press release. "To have the talents of Chris Long, one of the most insightful players to play this game, paired with a dynamic personality like Kay Adams makes for a show we think fans are going to love."
Added Long: "I am excited to be part of NFL Next and the Amazon family. It was important to me that my first venture into football broadcasting was in a forum that I feel will give the viewer a unique under the hood look of the game."
NFL Next airs at 7 p.m. Eastern Thursdays on Prime Video.
Amazon also is offering up several audio options in its live feeds. There's the default Fox broadcast with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. But Prime members also can choose from a stream with Hannah Storm and Andrea Kremer, or UK broadcasters Derek Rae and Tommy Smyth.
And Thursday Night Football again will be streamed on Twitch (which is owned by Amazon), with a bevy of commentary each week from a number of co-streamers. (You can get the full list of those here.)
NFL games on Amazon Prime Video
Here are the Thursday night games that'll be streamed on Amazon Prime Video:
- Sept. 26: Eagles at Packers
- Oct. 3: Rams at Seahawks
- Oct. 10: Giants at Patriots
- Oct. 17: Chiefs at Broncos
- Oct. 24 Redskins at Vikings
- Oct. 31: 49ers at Cardinals
- Nov. 7: Chargers at Raiders
- Nov. 14: Steelers at Browns
- Nov. 21: Colts at Texans
- Dec. 5: Cowboys at Bears
- Dec. 12: Jets at Ravens
Start the NFL week early
If you've got Amazon Prime Video, you've got free access to most of the Thursday night NFL games this season. Just fire it up, and stream away.
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