Football season is back, baby! And now, there Thursday night games every week to help get to the weekend. Thursdays are the best, because you know it’s almost Friday, and you get to enjoy the game. And bets of all? There are tons of ways to watch Thursday Night Football online in 2016.
Thursday Night Football airs on NFL Network every week, with some games also being simulcast on CBS and/or NBC. If you want to watch Thursday Night Football online without cable, you’ll be happy to know that below we’ll give you the tools you need to enjoy Thursday Night Football live stream all season long – legally, safely, and affordably!
We’ve also included a complete Thursday Night Football schedule for the upcoming 2016-2017 season for your convenience.
Use Sling TV to Enjoy Thursday Night Football Live Stream for Non-CBS Games
Great news, cord cutters: you can now watch many Thursday Night Football games this 2016-2017 season with Sling TV! The service recently added NFL Network streaming to their “Sling Blue” package, which simulcasts every TNF game. However, games that are being simulcast on CBS will be blacked out on NFL Network with Sling TV.
If you’re not familiar with the service, here’s how it works:
- Sling is a cable-free online service
- Packages start at $20 a month
- Channel selection varies from 25-60+ channels depending on which package you choose
- No contract is required
- Sling works on most devices, from streaming players to smart TVs to computers and beyond
- Local blackouts may apply on some games
- You can try it for free for a full week by clicking here
Sling TV will be a good way to watch a TNF live stream this season, but it’s also just a great way to watch football in general. The service also offers ESPN, as well as NBC and FOX in select areas. Combined, that adds up to a ton of live football – including many TNF and every MNF game of the regular season!
If you’re interested in trying out Sling TV (full review here), there are two great ways to go: one, take advantage of the free trial offer to test the service out risk-free, or two, prepay for 3 months of Sling and you can choose from either a FREE Roku streaming device or a discounted Apple TV!
NFL Game Pass Lets You Watch Thursday Night Football Online On Demand
If you want to watch Thursday Night Football online and don’t mind waiting to see the games until just after they air, NFL Game Pass Domestic is a good choice. This service lets subscribers watch games on-demand, starting shortly after they air on live TV. Replays are available in full length, or in condensed 30-minute, commercial-free versions.
Game Pass is a great option for Thursday Night Football streaming, especially for people whose schedules don’t allow for live viewing. Plus, Game Pass offers a ton of extra content – with it, you’ll be able to watch every regular season game replay of the current season (that’s 256 total games!), plus go back and watch every game dating back to the 2009 season. You can learn more about Game Pass in our review of the service.
At $99 for the whole season, Game Pass gives you a ton of content and choices. Click here to start a free 7-day trial.
Use PlayStation Vue to Watch TNF Online
PlayStation Vue will serve as another option to stream TNF online this year. This relatively new streaming service gives its subscribers access to 50+ great TV channels, without the expense of cable TV. It works on most major devices, but Apple TV and a few other devices are not yet supported.
PlayStation Vue offers NFL Network in some of their packages, which means you can use it to watch all Thursday Night Football games online. Read our PlayStation Vue review to learn more.
Watch TNF Online Free via Twitter (for Select Games)
In an interesting turn of events, Twitter has partnered with the NFL this season to broadcast 10 TNF games this season. They will be hosted by Twitter and available to stream online, free of charge. Best of all, Twitter will not require any sort of cable authentication, so these games will actually be free to watch! We hope to see more similar offerings from Twitter in the future.
Want to watch Thursday night football online through your TV? Twitter now has an app for Apple TV and Amazon Fire. You can learn more about those here.
Watch Thursday Night Football Free with Your Antenna
For most of the season, Thursday Night Football is simulcast nationwide on CBS and NFL Network. So, if you have an antenna, you’ll be able to watch any of the Thursday night games that come on CBS for free. Also, if you live within either of the two weekly teams’ broadcasting area, you’ll still be able watch the Thursday night games that don’t come on CBS nationwide as they will be broadcast in your market. If you don’t have a good antenna, check out our guide to help you choose the best antenna.
For more flexibility, you can add the use of an over-the-air DVR. These devices will let you record, pause, rewind and fast forward all NFL games that air on broadcast TV. And once you have recordings, you can enjoy them whenever you want. You can even stream your recorded content and live TV on all your connected devices, so you can watch games on-the-go. It’s another good way to watch Thursday Night Football online. You can check out some other options in our DVR guide.
NFL Mobile App Offers Free Thursday Night Football Live Stream for Verizon Wireless Customers
If you’re a customer of Verizon Wireless, you can now stream Thursday Night Football for free without cable! All you need is a smartphone hooked up to Verizon Wireless and the NFL Mobile App. You can watch on your phone, but unfortunately mirroring on your TV is blocked with the app.
In fact, you’ll get access to all local and primetime games – Monday Night, Thursday Night, and Sunday Night Football, all for free. If you’re already a Verizon subscriber, you can catch a Thursday Night Football live stream whenever the game comes on, plus enjoy all other local and primetime games. And for a limited time, Verizon is offering $300 to new and existing customers when you trade in your old phone and buy a new one.
International Options for Thursday Night Football Streaming
Watch Every Thursday Night Football Live Stream from Overseas with NFL Game Pass International
If you are a football fan who lives away from the United States, watching a Thursday Night Football live stream is quite simple with NFL Game Pass International. This service, which is very similar to the domestic version, gives subscribers access to LIVE streaming of NFL games. It also offers all the same great on-demand features of the standard domestic version. There are a variety of different subscription options. The price varies depending on which options you choose and how many teams you’d like to follow.
NOW TV Adds Thursday Night Football Live Streams for UK Football Fans
The popular UK streaming service NOW TV offers subscribers live streaming access to all 7 of Sky sports TV stations. This season, the Sky Sports channels will broadcast more than 100 NFL games, including every Thursday Night Football game.
There are several subscriptions available to NOW TV. You can choose from a Day Pass, Week Pass, or Month Pass. Prices are very reasonable, and it’s nice to be able to just grab a day or week pass if you only want to catch a certain game or event. This is a good way to watch Thursday Night Football online in the UK.
2016 Thursday Night Football TV Schedule
The Complete NFL Streaming Guide
You can learn more about watching the NFL online with our complete guide to NFL live streaming options.