Amazon recently redesigned its Prime Video app across a multitude of devices and one of the new features that has been added is the option to record some live streams offered within the app, like you would with a cloud DVR. The first live events to become recordable are the Thursday Night Football games streaming exclusively on Prime Video this year. While you’ve always been able to pause and rewind these streams for up to 15 minutes, setting them to record within the Prime Video app now allows you to rewind and fast forward as much as you’d like, as well as replay the games from the beginning.
To record NFL Thursday Night Football games in Prime Video, open the app and head to the Sports tab from the app’s home screen. Once there, scroll down and select any Thursday Night Football listing, such as from the “Upcoming sports” row. While viewing the details of any game, you should see a button labeled “Record Thursday Night Football” that you can select.
You don’t need to mark each Thursday Night Football game for recording, since setting just one game to record will make a “Recording enabled” label appear on all games this season. Marking to record Thursday Night Football games isn’t actually causing Amazon to store an individual recording for you. Rather, actively opting into records likely just grants Amazon the ability to make the game available to you on-demand under its licensing agreements with the NFL.
While Amazon has streamed live Thursday Night Football games during past seasons, this year marks the first time that Thursday Night Football games will be available exclusively through Prime Video. Amazon signed a deal, costing an estimated $1 billion a year, which grants it 15 exclusive Thursday Night Football games each year for the next 11 years. The preseason game between the Houston Texans and San Francisco 49ers on August 25 will be like a trial run of Amazon’s ability to stream an exclusive NFL game before its full run of 15 exclusive regular season games kicks off when the Los Angeles Chargers face the Kansas City Chiefs on September 15. Even though Amazon streams other live events through Prime Video, such as MLB games and MMA matches, the Thursday Night Football games are the only ones that currently offer the new DVR option.