The NFL’s new streaming partnership with Amazon, explained

Chiefs-Chargers is just i of the big TNF matchups this year.
Credit: Robert Gauthier/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Football game’s inbound the modern streaming age, and it’s time to explicate that to every tech-averse parent in America.

For the start time ever, in that location will be real, legit NFL games broadcast (nearly) exclusively on a streaming platform in 2022. For fifteen regular flavour games (and one preseason matchup), you’ll have to give
your money and appointment through either Prime Video or Twitch to watch your favorite teams duke information technology out on the route to Super Bowl LVII.

I know this can all audio a flake confusing to you or your older football game-loving relatives. Then allow me to explain how this volition piece of work in the new age of
tech giants taking over alive sports.

Which NFL games will exist streamed by Amazon this twelvemonth?

The expert news for folks who like their football to stay the way it’southward ever been is that
only one game each week
volition be affected by the motility to Amazon’s streaming platforms once the season kicks off on Sept. 8. Specifically, the nationally broadcast Thursday Night Football (TNF) game each week during the regular season will exist Amazon-sectional. This alter comes after a few years of Amazon offering an alternate stream in addition to regular TV broadcasts on NFL Network, Fox, or CBS, depending on who had the rights in whatever given yr. You tin can detect the
for Thursday nighttime games on Amazon’s website.

But about every team has a TNF game each season, then there isn’t a single fanbase that’s safe from this streaming change. All you can do is get yourself and your family prepared for what’s coming.

Which Amazon apps and subscriptions will I demand?

Amazon Thursday Night Football logo

Amazon’s TNF logo sure is…something.
Credit: Amazon

I have good news: You
won’t need a Prime Video subscription to spotter Amazon’south TNF games this year. That’s because each game will also exist streamed live on Twitch and broadcast on over-the-air boob tube in the local markets for the two teams in each game.

Of form, there are limitations to each of those options. Twitch tin be kind of a pain to become on a Tv set because some major streaming devices similar
don’t accept official Twitch apps. Yous’ll be fine if you have a
or can connect a laptop to your Television. Simply, even then, you might be subjected to a avalanche of ads for gaming chairs or other things your dad might find obnoxious.

He’d exist right, by the mode.

And evidently, if you don’t live in one of the two cities represented in each game, you lot’ll be out of luck with regards to watching on network Goggle box. With that in mind, a $15/mo Prime number subscription will be the easiest way to see these games. Simply open your Prime Video app on your smart TV or streaming device on Th nights starting at 7pm ET, and you lot should run into the option to lookout the live broadcast.

What volition these Amazon TNF streams look like?

This is the toughest question to answer right at present because Amazon has nonetheless to broadcast any games under the current arrangement, at the time of writing. However, based on some of the information Amazon has released, we know there will exist plenty of familiar faces for longtime football fans too as some…unique new broadcast options.

The main broadcast berth will consist of legendary play-by-play announcer Al Michaels (who just called Super Basin LVI in February) with longtime college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit equally his partner. Pregame, halftime, and postgame shows
volition feature
the likes of NFL vets like Tony Gonzalez, Richard Sherman, and Ryan Fitzpatrick. Getting the game onto your Telly might be a little more confusing than usual, but at to the lowest degree yous’ll see people you recognize if you like football game.

Merely Amazon is also taking this opportunity to do some experimenting with the tried-and-truthful format of broadcasting NFL games.
Dude Perfect, a stunt comedy grouping with 58 million subscribers on YouTube,
will host
an alternate game stream where they’ll take dares, perform stunts, and try to break world records while also commenting on the games. Sure, why not? This role makes
experience sometime, but fourth dimension comes for u.s. all.

Amazon is as well promising that there will exist other alternating streams, but hasn’t elaborated on what those will be just all the same. The point is that there will be a mix of things that are comfortable for the stodgiest football fans and more than quirky elements for those who want something new.

Good luck explaining the Dude Perfect stream to your dad, though.

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