The Desk appreciates the support of readers who purchase products or services through links on our website. Learn more...

Amazon streaming Thursday Night Football games on Twitch for free

Thursday Night Football's NextGen Stats feed on Amazon Prime Video.
Thursday Night Football’s NextGen Stats feed on Amazon Prime Video. (Images courtesy Amazon/Thursday Night Football, Graphic by The Desk)

When the Los Angeles Chargers meet the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, it will mark the first time a National Football League (NFL) regular-season game isn’t broadcast on traditional or cable television for most viewers in the United States.

Thanks to a multi-year deal between the NFL and Amazon, Thursday Night Football games are exclusive to Amazon’s streaming platforms, which means most viewers in the United States will watch the game via Amazon’s subscription service Prime Video.

But that’s not the only way to legally stream Thursday Night Football: Each Thursday game will also be available to stream for free on Amazon’s live gaming platform Twitch as part of the tech company’s deal with the NFL.

No account is needed to watch Thursday Night Football on Twitch: Simply go to the Prime Video account on Twitch, hit play and start streaming. There are also streams available for Thursday Night Football en Español as well as Thursday Night Football with PrimeVision, which features various statistical data alongside the game.

Thursday Night Football games will also be streamed for free on Twitch through the service’s various apps on different streaming platforms, including Apple and Android phones and tablets, on XBox and PlayStation game consoles and on Apple TV, Android TV (Google TV) and Amazon Fire TV devices. There is also a native Twitch app for LG’s smart TV users.

Twitch is not available on Roku, but Roku users with an Apple phone or tablet can cast Twitch feeds using Airplay on supported Roku devices.

Photo of author

About the Author:

Matthew Keys

Matthew Keys is the publisher of The Desk and reports on the business and policy matters involving the broadcast television, streaming video and radio industries. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, Disney-ABC, Tribune Broadcasting and McNaughton Newspapers. Matthew is based in Northern California, has won numerous awards in the field of journalism, and is a member of IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors).