Amazon has announced that it will be streaming an NFL game on Black Friday, November 24, for free to anyone that wants to watch. You will not need a Prime membership to watch the game, as you do for all of Amazon’s other NFL game streams. Given how important of a shopping day that is to Amazon, you can probably expect plenty of Amazon shopping tie-ins and ads during the stream, but if you’re not a Prime member and have never watched one of Amazon’s game streams, this will be your chance to try it out without signing up for anything.
Super Bowl LVII kicks off today, February 12, at 6:30 PM ET against the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs. This year it is easy for anyone to watch the game for free from a Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Cube, or Fire TV Smart TV. All you need to do is install the free Fox Sports app from the Amazon Appstore and start streaming in 4K. This year, the app does not require any kind of TV login or subscription to watch. Alternatively, you can also use the NFL app to stream the game for free if you have any issues with the Fox Sports app.
Fox has confirmed to The Streamable that Super Bowl LVII on February 12th will be available to stream for free without needing any kind of login or account. Anyone will be able to load up the Fox Sports app on a streaming or mobile device. Fox says the game will stream in 4K resolution, but it is yet unknown if it will actually be shot in 4K or just upscaled from 1080p to 4K, as Fox has done in the past. Read more ›
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Multiple large tech companies have been in negotiation for NFL Sunday Ticket distribution rights all year. While early rumors pegged Apple and Amazon as the top contenders, Google’s YouTube and YouTube TV have won the bidding war. Google announced today that it has struck a multi-year deal with the NFL for YouTube to be the new home for NFL Sunday Ticket after the current deal with DirecTV ends at the conclusion of the 2022 NFL season. Read more ›
The first regular season Thursday Night Football game between the San Diego Chargers and the Kansas City Chiefs kicks off tomorrow at 4pm PT and Amazon has added some new Alexa commands to make the experience a bit better on Fire TV devices. Of course, you can say “Alexa, play Thursday Night Football” to jump into the game but you can now also say “Alexa, open X-Ray” to see real-time access live stats appear on the right of the screen. If you don’t want to be distracted with on-screen stats, you can just ask Alexa for specific stats, like “Alexa, how many rushing yards do the Chiefs have today?“, “Alexa, who has the most tackles today?“, or “Alexa, who leads the NFL in touchdowns?“, and Alexa will reply with the answer without interrupting the game. As a reminder, Thursday Night Football is the first Prime Video content that can be recorded for viewing later. You can set games to record in the Prime Video app on Fire TV devices, or you can achieve the same thing by simply saying “Alexa, add Thursday Night Football to my watchlist.” Adding Amazon’s NFL coverage to your watchlist will make all game playback available “until 2023,” according to Amazon.
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. Read more ›
After rumors swirled a couple of months ago, the National Football League has now officially launched its new NFL+ streaming service in the US. Subscribers will be able to watch live local and primetime regular season and postseason games, as well as live out-of-market preseason games. For all other games, a live audio-only feed is provided. The service also includes ad-free on-demand content. One huge catch is that live regular season and postseason games can only be viewed on phones and tablets, so you won’t be able to watch those through streamers like Fire TVs or on a computer. There are also several blackout conditions. NFL+ costs $4.99 per month or $39.99 annually, but there is a discount on the annual plan right now that drops it to $29.99. There is also an NFL+ Premium subscription for $9.99 per month or $79.99 per year that adds ad-free full game replays and condensed game replays on any device, as well as coaches film.
The NFL is expected to launch NFL+, an in-house streaming service, as early as July according to a report by Sports Business Journal which cites an unnamed source. The new service is said to provide live streaming games, but only to mobile devices, so streaming on TVs will still rely on things like Sunday Night Ticket. Those mobile streams used to be provided by Yahoo and cell providers mostly for free but those deals have since expired which will now allow the NFL to handle those streams itself. The service is said to cost $5 a month, but the source says the pricing structure may change. Live games on NFL+ will be limited to what you could otherwise see in your local TV markets.
Amazon and Apple are said to be the two front runners for NFL Sunday Ticket streaming rights for when DirecTV’s current deal expires in 2023, according to Fierce Video. Rights for NFL Sunday Ticket, the league’s out-of-market games service, is said to cost $2 billion per year for exclusive rights. Disney is said to be the other contender, but is reportedly not willing to pay as much as Apple or Amazon. Should Amazon land the deal, it would make Amazon quite the destination for football fans, as Amazon Prime Video already has exclusive rights to all Thursday Night Football games starting with the upcoming 2022 season and running through 2033.
CBS has confirmed to The Verge that Super Bowl LV this year will not be available in 4K or in HDR, due to limitations caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year’s broadcast by FOX was the first time the Super Bowl was available in 4K and HDR, however, that broadcast was actually shot at 1080p and upscaled to 4K. CBS says they’re focusing, instead, on making the stream reliable and low-latency. Super Bowl LV will be on February 7th.
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