Amazon’s 11-year, $1 billion bet on Thursday Night Football is off to a strong start.
The company says last week’s game brought in more Prime subscriptions in three hours than any other day in its history, including Cyber Monday, Black Friday or Official Day. Additionally, the game saw a record prime hour audience for the service in the US. The question is: Will those viewers come back?
Some 13.2 million people watched the streaming service’s premiere broadcast, which was a showdown between the Los Angeles Charging Department and the Kansas City Sheriff. This week, the Steelers and Browns will take center stage.
Game broadcasts on Amazon are a bit different from what you may have seen on other networks. However, the NFL’s second week yields mixed ratings, so this week could be a test of whether Amazon’s formula works.
Here’s how to watch and what to expect from tonight’s Thursday night games and moving forward.
Which NFL teams will play on Thursdays this season?
That’s the game in the Midwest this week. Here’s who will play when, with the reminder that the home team is placed second.
Thursday, September 22
Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cleveland Browns8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Thursday, September 29
Miami Dolphins vs Cincinnati Bengals8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Thursday, October 6
Baltimore Colts vs Denver Broncos8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Thursday, October 13
Washington Commanders vs Chicago Bears8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Thursday, October 20
New Orleans Saints vs Arizona Cardinals8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Thursday, October 27
Baltimore Ravens vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Thursday, November 3
Philadelphia Eagles vs Houston Texans8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Thursday, November 10
Atlanta Falcons vs Charlotte Panthers8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Thursday, November 17
Tennessee Titans vs Green Bay Packers8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Thursday, November 24
New England Patriots vs Minnesota Vikings8:20 p.m. ET on NBC
Thursday, December 1
Buffalo Bills vs New England Patriots8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Thursday, December 8
Las Vegas Raiders vs Los Angeles Rams8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Thursday, December 15
San Francisco 49ers vs Seattle Seahawks8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Thursday, December 22
Jacksonville Jaguars vs New York Jets8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Thursday, December 29
Dallas Cowboys vs Tennessee Titans8:15 p.m. ET on Amazon Prime
Can I watch NFL Thursday night games for free on broadcast television?
It really depends on where you live and who’s playing. If you’re in the home country of either team that will be playing on any particular Thursday, you’ll likely have a chance to watch, even if you don’t have an Amazon Prime account. Simulcast will be offered on broadcast networks, allowing you to watch for free with a good HD antenna.
But if you’re out of range of those stations, streaming is your only option.
Can I stream NFL Thursday night games online if I don’t have an Amazon Prime account?
No. While there are generally some Sunday or Monday streaming options, Amazon has a monopoly on these games, preventing other streaming services from doing them. The only exception would be on Thanksgiving night, when NBC will be doing the game.
What changes will Amazon bring to the NFL games it broadcasts?
The streaming audience can be a little different than the traditional broadcast audience, so Amazon offers some tweaking for viewers, while keeping things familiar.
For example, it overlays game stats and updates with “X-Ray” technology, just as it provides information about which actors are in a scene in a movie or TV show. . An alternative stream will also be created for younger audiences, with YouTube troop Dude Perfect replaces the commentary team with standard gameplay and colors.
Who is Amazon’s broadcast team?
Amazon has hired some of the most recognizable announcers and commentators when it comes to the NFL. Al Michaels, who has called both Monday Night Football and Sunday Night Football, will lead the team. Kirk Herbstreit, who primarily focuses on college games and is a major player on ESPN’s “College GameDay,” will be the color commentator. And All-Pro players Richard Sherman and Tony Gonzalez will serve as analysts, along with former Los Angeles Ram Andrew Whitworth and Ryan Fitzpatrick, who have played with nine teams in their careers.
Can I watch Thursday Night Football at my favorite bar or restaurant?
Right. Amazon has signed a deal with DirecTV that will allow more than 300,000 bars and restaurants around the country to broadcast the game.
Does the NFL offer any viewing packages to watch Thursday night games?
Somethings like that. The NFL App will allow you to stream games that are being broadcast locally in your marketplace as well as any games played during prime time.
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