Last season, fans of the National Football League had the option to watch Thursday Night Football via the Twitters, as the league allowed the social media site to stream the games live. Thursday Night Football will also be streamed online this year, but it will have a new home.
According to our friends over at Recode, this year Thursday Night Football will be streamed on Amazon. Like Twitter did last year, they will be broadcasting ten Thursday Night Football contests this year via Amazon Prime.
In order to watch the games on Amazon, viewers will have to be a member of the Amazon Prime service. As our friends at Recode point out, this potentially limits the audience by putting it behind that paywall, but apparently the NFL has figured that this is better for the shield than putting it on Twitter.
CBS and NBC will each be broadcasting five Thursday night games, and Amazon will be streaming those broadcasts, commercials included. There will also, apparently, be ad spaces in there for Amazon to promote their own stuff.
If you’re not an Amazon Prime subscriber, fear not. . .CBS and NBC will each have the rights to stream the games that their respective networks broadcast, and Verizon Wireless will continue to provide games on the NFL Mobile service for their customers.
So, if you want to watch Thursday Night Football online this coming season, don’t go looking for it on Twitter anymore, because the move is official.