A new era in televised esports begins this week as Amazon Prime Video becomes the exclusive home of the NFL’s Thursday Night Football. Based on the rating strength of NFL competitions, they will likely be the most streamed live events of all time. But while video streaming is ingrained in the culture, it may still be new to some football fans. Here’s what you need to know ahead of kickoff.
How much does it cost to see the game?
If you’re one of the 80 million households with an Amazon Prime membership, you already have access to Prime Video and Thursday Night Football. If not, you can sign up for a $139 per year or $14.99 per month Prime membership, which offers Amazon customer benefits including discounts and free shipping. Amazon also offers Prime Video memberships for $8.99 per month.
The only other streaming access to the games is through the NFL’s new service, NFL+, which gives you all local and national games in prime time starting at $4.99 a month. However, the NFL+ app is limited to tablets and mobile phones and does not work with connected TVs.
Which streaming device works best?
If you have access to Prime Video, you can watch the game. But Amazon says devices like a Roku, Amazon Fire Stick or Apple TV player purchased in the last two years are likely to include more of the features provided during games. Prime customers with older devices will receive a message from Amazon advising them they may not be having the smoothest experience.
What if I’m having trouble getting the video to stream?
Visit the Prime Video Live Events Help Hub for step-by-step instructions. If that doesn’t work, users can contact Amazon customer service where help is available either via phone call or online chat.
Local fans are used to watching NFL games on free TV, even on the ESPN cable network. Will that still be the case with “Thursday Night Football”?
The NFL’s policy of showing games on free-to-air in the home markets of both playing teams applies to the Thursday package. The opening game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs will be shown in the Los Angeles TV market on KTTV. The December 8 contest between the Los Angeles Rams and the Las Vegas Raiders is the only other Thursday Night Football game to receive local television coverage. Prime Video will not broadcast the Thanksgiving prime time game that will be shown on NBC.
What if I want to watch the game at my local tavern or sports bar?
You can if the location you choose has an internet-connected TV and a Prime Video membership. Amazon has also signed a deal with DirecTV to provide its DirecTV for Business customers with a live stream of “Thursday Night Football” at no additional cost. The games will be available to more than 300,000 sports bars, restaurants, retail outlets, hotel lounges, casinos and sportsbooks that subscribe to the service.
What is the lag between what we see on stream and the action on the pitch?
The issue of latency, as it’s called, has been a priority for Amazon. In 2020, the company bought Sye, a technology company specializing in improving the lag time from live action to what viewers see on stream. Amazon says the lag time will actually be less than what viewers see on traditional television.
Will the stream look very different than the NFL games I watch on regular TV?
Yes and no. The main stream will feature Al Michaels, who has made 36 seasons of NFL prime time games, along with Kirk Herbstreit, a veteran of ESPN college football coverage. Kaylee Hartung will be the sideline reporter.
“My role is to treat it the way we’ve treated it and maybe try to improve it with a tweak here and there,” Michaels said in a recent interview with The Times.
One of these optimizations is improved real-time statistics. By tapping the “X-Ray” button on the screen, users can dive deep into the game’s data. More features will be introduced throughout the season.
But Prime Video will also offer alternative streams for fans who want a different viewing experience. Dude Perfect, the Texas-based sports comedy troupe with a massive YouTube following, will be hosting four games this season, including this week’s opener. Andrea Kremer and Hannah Storm, who have run Prime games play-by-play for the past few years, return for two competitions in a more informal setting. There will also be other guest presenters for alternate streams to be announced later in the season.
“Thursday Night Football” will also stream on Twitch, Amazon’s interactive service for gamers.
Marie Donoghue, vice president of global sports video at Amazon, said the options are a way to provide a “big tent” that welcomes a wide range of viewers. But she promises the company’s approach won’t be a gimmick. “I want fans to turn it on and say, ‘They respect me, they respect the game — let’s see what they have,'” she said.
Are there pregame and postgame shows?
Prime Video will have a pre and post game analysis along with a halftime report. Former NFL stars Richard Sherman, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tony Gonzales will star in the programs alongside host Charissa Thompson. (Thompson remains the host of Fox NFL Sunday.)
Can I record the game?
Prime Video users can record “Thursday Night Football” and have access to replays of all games throughout the season. Viewers who want to get in on the game and catch up quickly can use a “quick recap” button, which presents the highlights of the action so far in two minutes. Users can also start the game from the beginning.
Is there a Spanish language audio feed?
Yes. At Prime Video, Miguel Gurwitz will handle play-by-play in Spanish. Rolando Cantú is the analyst and Mayra Gomez will report from the sidelines.
Can I stream the game if I’m traveling internationally?
no Amazon only has the rights to show the games in the US
Will Amazon try to sell me stuff during gameplay?
Nothing more than running commercials just like any other NFL television show. There will be an on-screen tab for fans looking to purchase NFL merchandise, but it’s up to the user to click on it.
Will I see a lot of promotions for TV shows and movies on Prime Video?
rely on it.
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