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Football feels a little different on Thursday night. Anything can happen when two teams face off after less than a week of preparation. Even for the most organized and meticulous teams, Thursday Night Football showdowns tend to be the games when wild things happen. If you’re an NFL fan, you don’t want to miss Thursday Night Football — regardless of whether or not you have cable. We’re here to show you how to stream Thursday Night Football online and watch Thursday Night Football free over the air, no cable required.
Can you watch Thursday Night Football online? The short answer is yes. The long answer is also yes, but we have a lot of different streaming options to discuss!
For starters, let’s talk about TV. Thursday Night Football airs on Fox. Fox is available in cable, of course, but it’s also included in some streaming services. Live TV streaming services — sometimes called “skinny bundles” — are streaming cable alternatives that can give you a cable-like experience without that cable-like price tag, and we’ll list the best options for Fox and Thursday Night Football below.
We’ll also talk about other streaming options. While Fox has the TV rights to Thursday Night Football, there are also some streaming rights in the picture, and those belong to tech giant Amazon. Amazon typically puts the live streams on Amazon Prime Video, so we’ll talk about that service below as well. Amazon also likes to put Thursday Night Football broadcasts on its esports streaming service Twitch, so we’ll talk about that, too.
Finally, we’ll talk about antennas and free over-the-air TV. Since Fox is an over-the-air channel in many places, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to watch Thursday Night Football live for free, no cable necessary.
Stream Thursday Night Football on Hulu
Hulu has two great streaming options. You can sign up for its on-demand service, which works a lot like Netflix, or you can sign up for its Hulu + Live TV bundle, which includes the on-demand content as well as live TV channels. Hulu + Live TV includes Fox, which means you’ll find a Thursday Night Football live stream on this service whenever the game is on.
Stream Thursday Night Football on fuboTV
As we explained in our fuboTV review, fuboTV is a live TV streaming service that puts sports first. That makes it a great choice for NFL fans. You can watch every NFL game on fuboTV, including the Thursday Night Football broadcasts on Fox. There’s typically a fuboTV free trial offer to check out, which means you can stream Thursday Night Football for free until your trial is up.
AT&T TV Now is a live TV streaming service. Like its competitors, it’s aiming to beat old-school cable and satellite services by offering a better version of the same experience for less cash. AT&T TV Now includes Fox, and therefore a Thursday Night Football live stream.
Amazon rival Google may not have landed the streaming rights to Thursday Night Football, but you can still use at least one Google product to legally watch the Thursday games live. YouTube TV (not to be confused with regular old YouTube) is a live TV streaming service that includes a Fox live stream. You can try it out for free.
Amazon doesn’t currently have a streaming cable alternative, but it does have a streaming platform: Prime Video, which is built into the company’s Amazon Prime service. Amazon netted the streaming rights to Thursday Night Football, and one of the places you can watch the all-online version of the broadcast is in the Prime Video app.
Twitch is a video streaming service that’s best known for hosting live streams of folks playing video games. Self-made gaming stars and big e-sports events have made Twitch the place to be for virtual gaming, but Amazon has also put some real-life gridiron action on the platform. Thursday Night Football streams for free on Twitch.
When the NFL first debuted its Thursday Night Football product, people weren’t too thrilled. That’s because the games originally aired on NFL Network, which is a tough channel to get (though not an impossible one; we can show you how to watch NFL Network online). Happily, the situation changed. The NFL sold TV rights to major networks: First to CBS, then to CBS and NBC jointly, and finally, now, to Fox, which has all the games this year.
And Fox, like its major-network peers, is available for free over the air in most markets. If you have a Fox broadcast affiliate near you, you should grab an antenna to watch Thursday Night Football for free.
Streaming Thursday Night Football is pretty easy to do these days, and it doesn’t require you to watch everything on your computer. Our favorite live TV streaming services play nice with virtually all of our recommended streaming devices. Use the chart below to make sure the service you’re trying out will work with the devices you already have.
As for your antenna, you can connect that directly to your TV. Just scan for channels (the option will be in your TV’s settings menu somewhere), and you should be good to go! If you do want to set up something a bit more integrated and high-tech, you could try an OTA DVR like the Tablo Quad OTA DVR.
That’s one day of the week down, but don’t stop here. We’ve got the guides you need to stream Monday Night Football on ESPN, watch NBC’s Sunday Night Football without cable, and catch every other NFL game online or over the air.
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