How to Stream Thursday Night Football

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You can stream some Thursday Night Football games free on Twitch, but subscribers can also watch on Amazon Prime and use the Fox Sports app to stream on phones.

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Thursday Night Football is on NFL Network again in 2018, with 13 games set to air between week two and week 15. Fox is set to produce the entire slate of games, and will also simulcast each game starting in week four.

There will be no official Thursday Night Football on week one, because NBC owns the rights to broadcast that game. Similarly, there will be no official Thursday Night Football on Thanksgiving, since NBC owns the rights to broadcast the prime time NFL game on Thanksgiving.

The streaming situation for Thursday Night Football is complicated, because NFL Network, Fox, and Amazon will all stream games.

Thursday Night Football 2018 Dates, Times and Channels:

Date: Every Thursday from 9/13 through 12/13, excluding Thanksgiving 
Time: 8:20 p.m. (ET)
Channel: Fox, NFL Network
Official Stream: Fox, NFL Network, Amazon, Twitch

How to Watch the Official Thursday Night Football Live Streams

The streaming picture for Thursday Night Football is extremely complicated in 2018. In addition to Fox and NFL Network, some games will also be available on Amazon Prime, for Prime subscribers, and on Twitch for everyone else.

Here are the official 2018 streaming sources for Thursday Night Football:

  • NFL Network: All games
  • Fox: Weeks 4-15
  • Amazon Prime: Weeks 4-15
  • Twitch: Weeks 4-15

In addition to these official sources, you will also be able to stream Thursday Night Football through any service that includes NFL Network or your local Fox station.

How to Live Stream Thursday Night Football on NFL Network

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If you have a qualifying cable, satellite, or streaming service subscription, you can stream Thursday Night Football through NFL.com.

The easiest way to watch every Thursday Night Football game is on NFL Network, since it's the only network that actually broadcasts every single game. If you have access to it through your television provider, or a qualifying streaming service like fuboTV, then you can watch on your computer, phone, tablet, or streaming device.

Here's how to stream Thursday Night Football online with NFL Network:

  1. Using your favorite web browser, navigate to nfl.com/watch.
  2. Click Watch Live Now.
  3. Click on your television provider. If you don't see it, type your provider into the search field and hit enter.
  4. Enter your username and password for your television provider if prompted, and click continue. You may not need to enter your username and password if your television provider and internet provider are the same.
  5. Click Watch Now, or wait for the timer to finish counting down.
  6. Return to nfl.com/watch on game day to watch Thursday Night Football.

Stream NFL Network Thursday Night Football Games To Your Phone

If you have NFL Network, you can also watch Thursday Night Football on your phone, tablet, or streaming device with the appropriate NFL Network app:

Important: Streaming Thursday Night Football games through official NFL apps requires a qualifying subscription to a television package that includes NFL Network. Most cable and satellite providers, and some streaming services, are compatible, but check with your provider to be sure.

Live Stream Thursday Night Football Through Fox

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If you have a qualifying cable or satellite subscription, you can stream Thursday Night Football on Fox Sports Go.

Fox has the television rights to broadcast most of the Thursday Night Football games in 2018, and it is also set to produce the entire slate of games. Fox also has some digital distribution rights for games that it broadcasts, so subscribers to qualifying television services can stream some Thursday Night Football games through Fox.

Here's how to stream Thursday Night Football games on your computer through Fox:

  1. Using your favorite web browser, navigate to foxsportsgo.com.
  2. Click Watch and select Live TV.
  3. Click TV Sign In.
  4. Select your television provider, or click More TV Providers if you don't see yours in the list.
  5. Enter the username and password for your television provider if prompted. If your internet and television providers are the same, the process may be automated.
  6. Verify that your television provider name or logo is now present on the foxsportsgo.com site.
  7. Return on game day to stream Thursday Night Football.

Live Stream Fox Thursday Night Football Games to Your Phone

Fox also has the rights to stream some Thursday Night Football games to mobile users through the Fox Sports Go app. If you have a qualifying television subscription, here's where you can get the appropriate app for your device:

Live Stream Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime and Twitch

Amazon secured the streaming rights for 11 Thursday Night Football games in 2018, so Prime subscribers will have easy access to these games through Prime Video just like they did in 2017.

In addition to streaming Thursday Night Football to Prime subscribers through Prime Video, Amazon will also make each game available through Twitch, free of charge, in 2018.

To watch Thursday Night Football on Amazon:

  1. Subscribe to Amazon Prime, if you haven't already done so.
  2. Navigate to Amazon Prime Video on game day.
  3. Type Thursday Night Football into the search field, and press the enter key on the keyboard.
    1. Note: Amazon will not have a listing for Thursday Night Football until the season is underway.
  4. Click the play button to start the game.

Additional details about streaming Thursday Night Football on Twitch are released throughout the season; check with Twitch directly for updates.

Live Stream Thursday Night Football On Your Phone, Tablet, Or Streaming Device With Amazon Prime Or Twitch

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You can stream most Thursday Night Football games to your phone through Prime Video and Twitch, both from Amazon.

If you want to watch Thursday Night Football through Amazon or Twitch on a mobile device or television streaming device, here are the apps you'll need:

Do Any Online Streaming Services Include Thursday Night Football?

If you're a cord cutter without a television subscription, and you don't want to watch on Amazon Prime Video or Twitch, you may be able to stream Thursday Night Football through a streaming services.

Television streaming services are basically cable replacements for cord cutters, and most of them include Fox. The catch is that if the Fox affiliate in your area doesn't have a deal with any online streaming services, or there is no local Fox affiliate, these services aren't allowed to provide you with a live Fox stream.

Some streaming services also offer plans that include NFL Network, which is the best option if you live in an area where Fox isn't available.

Choosing a streaming plan with NFL Network will allow you to watch every game, not just the ones that are broadcast on Fox, and you can even use your login credentials from the streaming service to sign into the NFL Network website or mobile app if you want to.

Here are the best streaming services to watch Thursday Night Football:

  • fuboTV: NFL Network and Fox are both included in the basic subscription plan.
  • PlayStation Vue: Some plans include NFL Network, with the cheapest being the Core plan.
  • Sling TV: The Sling Blue plan includes both Fox and NFL Network. However, you'll need to subscribe to the Orange + Blue plan if you also want to watch Monday Night Football on ESPN.
  • DirecTV Now: You can get Fox through this service, but not NFL Network.
  • Hulu with Live TV: Both plans include Fox, but not the NFL Network.
  • YouTube TV: You can get Fox if you live in a qualifying area, but not the NFL Network.

Using Ace Stream and Reddit to Watch Thursday Night Football Online

If none of the official sources work for you, then Ace Stream is the next best option to stream Thursday Night Football. Ace Stream is a media player that relies on other users to rebroadcast sports games, so the quality isn't always the best, and it can be difficult to find streams.

To stream Thursday Night Football with Ace Stream, you need to download and install the player. For complete instructions to walk you through this process, check out our full guide to streaming sports online with Ace Stream.

Once the program is installed, the final step is to locate a valid content ID for the game you want to watch. The easiest way to do this is to visit the NFLStreams subreddit, where you will typically find links to content IDs in addition to streams that don't require any additional software.

If you are unable to locate a content ID, you can also use your favorite search engine to look for one. For instance, on week two you would search for:

Ravens at Bengals Ace Stream content ID

Tip: Ace Stream content IDs are free. Do not pay anyone for a content ID, and be careful when visiting sites that offer content IDs. Don't click on any suspicious links or ads, and consider installing a good ad blocker.

Free Online Sports Sites to Stream Thursday Night Football

If you have tried all the other options, and you're still coming up empty, then you may want to check out some sites that aggregate links to unofficial Thursday Night Football streams. These sites are often full of intrusive ads, and the video quality can be quite low, but it's still an option worth considering if nothing else works.

Here are some sites that usually include Thursday Night Football streams:

  • Stream2Watch
  • FromHot
  • Bosscast
  • Cricfree

For more information about these sites, check out our full guide to streaming free sports online.

Important: Sites that host unofficial sports streams and link to unofficial sports streams are usually ad supported. The ads are often invasive, and sometimes misleading, so you may want to install a good ad blocker. Never click on any ads on these sites, and be aware that ads can sometimes be disguised as messages that you need to update your browser, Flash, or other components. Clicking these ads may open your computer up to malware.

The Full Thursday Night Football 2018 Schedule

Thursday Night Football kicks off in week two, with a match between the Ravens and the Bengals. The NFL Network will broadcast the first two games alone. After that, every game will be simulcast on both Fox and the NFL Network.

Here's the full 2018 Thursday Night Football schedule:

  • Week 2, Sept. 13: Ravens at Bengals, 8:20 p.m., NFL Network
  • Week 3, Sept. 20: Jets at Browns, 8:20 p.m., NFL Network
  • Week 4, Sept. 27: Vikings at Rams, 8:20 p.m, FOX/NFL Network
  • Week 5, Oct. 4: Colts at Patriots, 8:20 p.m, FOX/NFL Network
  • Week 6, Oct. 11: Eagles at Giants, 8:20 p.m, FOX/NFL Network
  • Week 7, Oct. 18: Broncos at Cardinals, 8:20 p.m, FOX/NFL Network
  • Week 8, Oct. 25: Dolphins at Texans, 8:20 p.m, FOX/NFL Network
  • Week 9, Nov. 1: Raiders at 49ers, 8:20 p.m, FOX/NFL Network
  • Week 10, Nov. 8: Panthers at Steelers, 8:20 p.m, FOX/NFL Network
  • Week 11, Nov. 15: Packers at Seahawks, 8:20 p.m, FOX/NFL Network
  • Week 13, Nov. 29: Saints at Cowboys, 8:20 p.m, FOX/NFL Network
  • Week 14, Dec. 6: Jaguars at Titans, 8:20 p.m, FOX/NFL Network
  • Week 15, Dec. 13: Chargers at Chiefs, 8:20 p.m, FOX/NFL Network