How to Watch Sports on Amazon Prime

Catch live games online with these sports channels

Amazon Prime provides access to a bunch of movies and television shows that you can stream on demand, but you can also watch both live and prerecorded sports on Amazon Prime Video. Your Prime subscription includes access to sports documentaries, replays of old NBA and MLB games, and even live Thursday Night Football NFL games. If that isn't enough, you can also sign up for subscription-based channels that add even more live sports content to Prime Video.

A man watches Amazon Prime sports on his television.
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What Sports Can You Watch on Amazon Prime?

Your Prime subscription comes with a lot of sports-based content, like the documentary series All or Nothing that takes a behind-the-scenes look at various sports teams. It also includes free live sports, like a number of Thursday Night Football games each year available to viewers throughout the United States, and a limited number of Yankees games available to viewers in New York and a number of neighboring states.

In addition to the free live sports that you get with your Amazon Prime membership, you can expand your access to more games and different sports through Amazon Channels. These channels can be added to your Amazon Prime subscription for an additional monthly fee, and some of them provide access to live and prerecorded sports.

Some of the Amazon add-on channels that have sports include:

  • CBS All Access: CBS airs a lot of sports, including basketball, baseball, football, and more. You get access to everything you would from a regular CBS All Access subscription, but you access it through Prime Video.
  • NBA League Pass: This channel features every single NBA game. If you're a basketball fan, this is a great option.
  • PGA Tour Live: This channel broadcasts most PGA Tour matches throughout the year with a handful of exceptions.
  • MLB.TV: This channel provides live access to out of market games, making it a great way to watch a variety of teams. Nationally-televised games and games that are broadcast in your area aren't included.

Some content, like old games from NBA League Pass and MLB.TV are free with your Amazon Prime subscription. If a game has a Watch Now button instead of a subscription button, you can stream it for free.

How Do You Watch Live Sports on Amazon Prime Video?

Some live sports are available for free with your Prime subscription, and you don't have to do anything special to watch them. For example, you can stream Thursday Night Football by simply navigating to Thursday Night Football on Amazon when a game is live.

To watch other sports on Amazon, like MLB.TV, you have to add the relevant Amazon Prime Video Channel, and then open that channel in your web browser, in the Prime Video app on your phone, or in the Prime Video app on your smart television or streaming device.

Here's how to add a sports channel like MLB.TV to your Amazon Prime subscription:

  1. Navigate to amazon.com/primevideo and click Channels.

    The Channels option on Amazon Prime Video.
  2. Click See more next to Prime Video Channels to load a full list of available channels.

    The See More option on Prime Video Channels.
  3. Click the channel you want to add, such as CBS All Access.

    A screenshot of Amazon Prime Channels.

    If you scroll down on this page, one of the rows is dedicated exclusively to sports channels.

  4. Click the banner or a show.

    A screenshot of an Amazon Prime Channel.
  5. Click Start your Free Trial if one is available, or Subscribe if there is no trial.

    A screenshot of the Amazon Prime CBS All Access free trial.
  6. Verify your billing information, and click Start your free trial.

    A screenshot of signing up for an Amazon Prime channel.

How to Watch Sports on Amazon Prime Video With Prime Channels

Once you have added one or more sports channels to your Amazon Prime subscription, all you have to do to watch live sports is to return to the channel when a game or match is live. You can do that in your web browser by navigating back to the Amazon Prime Channels page and locating the channel you subscribed to. If there is a live game available, you will see it on the channel page.

A screenshot of CBS All Access sports on Prime Video.

You can also do the same thing through the Prime Video app on your phone or streaming device.

Here's where you can get the appropriate Prime Video app:

After you have installed and logged into the Prime Video app, all you have to do is navigate to your Prime Channels on game day and select the appropriate one.