Amazon becomes a sports broadcaster tonight. The Green Bay Packers host the Chicago Bears in an NFL Thursday Night Football match-up that’s streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime. Here’s how to watch the gridiron action.
Amazon handed over a cool $50 million to the NFL for the rights to host 10 Thursday Night Football games, the same package Twitter paid just $10m for in 2016.
Amazon says it is streaming the game to Prime members globally, so it’s a good way for Brits to catch some NFL action if they don’t have a Sky Sports subscription.
The coverage begins at 00:25 on Friday morning in the UK, which is 19:25 US Eastern time. Kick-off is at 20:25 (01:25 UK time), but be sure to tune in to see the latest installment of the US National Anthem saga currently dominating the league.
Packers vs Bears: How to watch on Amazon Prime in UK
The game itself be available to watch on any Amazon Fire TV device, as well as Fire tablets. You’ll also be able to access the game from the Prime Video app for iOS, Android, as well as the various smart TV and set-top box apps.
Failing all that you can just log into your Prime account via Amazon.com and browse to this page.
If you’re not an Amazon Prime member already, you can sign up today. If you’ve never trialled the service before you can get free access for a month to watch a few more games before any fees kick in.
Just remember to cancel before the trial is up if you don’t want to be charged for the year.
Failing all that, folks in the United States can watch the game on broadcast television via CBS. The CBS pre-game show and announce team will be handling the duties for Amazon’s live stream, as well as the simulcast on the NFL Network channel.
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In the United Kingdom, it’s a Sky Sports game, so you can watch through your satellite dish or the Sky Go streaming service if you have an active subscription. Alternatively, you can sign up for a day pass (or week/month) pass on Now TV and enjoy the Bears and Packers NFC North rivalry.
Are you ready for some football?
In terms of the football itself, Chicago (1-2) is coming off a stunning upset victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Meanwhile the much-fancied Packers are yet to find their feet, enduring a defeat against last year’s Super Bowl losers, the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday Night Football.
Tonight’s game is at the Packers’ famous Lambeau Field where Green Bay defeats are as Donald Trump keeping his opinions to himself.
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