UPDATE 2016-2017 Season: Thusday Night Football has one of the most confusing broadcast schedules. It’s on several different networks throughout the year. This season it’s on CBS, NBC and Twitter (yeah, that twitter). But luckily every single TNF gane is on NFL Network too, which many people have in their cable package but it’s also on Sling TV this year for cord cutters! You’ll get access to every game on NFL Network via Sling. There’s a 7 day free trial so there’s no risk to you and it’s not just sports. Pretty much every network is on Sling now and packages that include NFL Network start at $25 a month:
So your team just won a hard-fought game on Sunday night. The guys are hoping for some rest before their next big matchup when they take a casual glance at the schedule: Thursday Night Football! On four days rest, you’re up against a team that had the last eleven off. Will you be able to hang? These games can either be big ones like Cowboys vs Eagles or lackluster like Lions vs Falcons
For the fan, though– Thursday Night Football keeps our heads in the game just when we start to forget about our ailing Fantasy teams. Make sure you’ve got your team locked in because you’d better believe those points on Thursday count! But if you’re not a cable subscriber, you might have a tough time streaming Thursday Night Football. A live stream may be available in your area but here are all of the details you’ll need start watching TNF online for free.
Is there an Official Thursday Night Football Live Stream?
Thursday Night Football is on three different networks this year. CBS, NBC and NFL Network (home of Red Zone). CBS, to its credit has announced that all NFL games on their air will be available to stream online, including Thursday Night Football, for free, without any authentication needed. The NFL Network is another story, however. You’ll most likely need a traditional cable subscription to get the most out of Thursday Night Football on that network. Check out the schedule to see which games are airing on which network this year. As a rule, the high profile (eg “good”) games are on CBS and the throwaways are typically on NFL Network.
Watch TNF Live with Sling TV
Another great option is a bit of a larger commitment. Sling TV is a new alternative to Cable that allows you to subscribe to several channels for a mere $20, including TNF. NBC and NFL Network are both on Sling. You get ESPN too so it’s really a great deal. TNF is always streaming on Sling these days unless it’s on CBS in which case you’ll need All-Access (correction, CBS has blocked TNF games from their streaming service but Sling still has NFL Network, which has all of them). It gives you live television so you can watch online just like you would on a traditional television. Head over there now to check it out and sign up for the free seven day trial.
Is Thursday Night Football on Netflix or Hulu?
No. Netflix and Hulu have not mastered the art of live sporting events, including TNF just yet. Perhaps one day we’ll see NFL games on Netflix or Hulu but that does not look to be in the cards for the foreseeable future.
Watch NFL Games Live Without Cable with DIRECTV NOW
Thursday Night Football has a complicated streaming schedule. Sometimes it’s on NBC, CBS or ESPN or even Twitter but it’s hard for the average fan to keep track! Similar to Sling above, DIRECTV NOW’s service has all of those channels and more including ESPN, Fox News and HGTV too (for the wife). You get a 7 day free trial so there’s no reason to delay. Streaming TNF live without cable has never been easier.
Verizon Customers can Stream Thursday Night Football Games for Free
If you’re a Verizon mobile customer you should have an app on your phone right now called “NFL Mobile”. Did we just blow your mind? Open that up and you should have access to all Thursday Night Football games anywhere, anytime from your phone or tablet. This is a free service for all Verizon customers so if you’re already using them you’re golden like Tate.
Watch Thursday Night Football Online Illegally (or Don’t!)
If all of the above are unavailable to you there’s always the option of straight up piracy. We can’t recommend this course of action for any show, including Thursday Night Football because there tend to be viruses, malware and at the very least– horrible quality streams out there. You probably don’t want to watch your Seahawks through a VPN, on an illegal, non-HD, buffering Russian stream do you? Maybe you’re willing to sacrifice quality and legality for access but be sure to check out the above options first to make sure you’re not needlessly stealing.