Fire TV gains new Alexa commands for Thursday Night Football on Prime Video

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.

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Prime Video now has a built-in DVR option for select Live Streams

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 ›

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The NFL launches its new NFL+ streaming service

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.

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NFL to reportedly launch its own streaming service in July

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.

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Amazon and Apple said to be top candidates for NFL Sunday Ticket streaming rights

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.

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Super Bowl 2021 will not stream in 4K or HDR

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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NFL Thursday Night Football will stream on Prime Video and Twitch for Free

Amazon will once again be streaming Thursday Night Football for free this year. The coverage will kick off this Thursday, Oct. 8 at 8:20 p.m. ET, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Chicago Bears. The full schedule, found here, includes 11 games and culminates in the Christmas Day game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New Orleans Saints, which actually lands on a Friday. In addition to streaming on Prime Video, Amazon will also stream the games for free on Twitch. Amazon will be using their X-Ray feature on Fire TVs and mobile devices to provide real-time stats, insights, and, new for this year, is the ability to call up replays on-demand to re-watch top plays. This is the 4th season of Thursday Night Football on Prime Video and Amazon has extended their deal with the NFL for 3 more years, through 2022.

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Amazon renews deal to stream ‘Thursday Night Football’ for the next 2 years

Amazon has renewed their deal with the NFL to be the exclusive streaming home of 11 Thursday Night Football games for the 2018 and 2019 season. Amazon was up against YouTube, Twitter, and Verizon for rights to the games. They streamed Thursday Night Football games in 2017 to 18 million Prime members. In addition to being streamed through Prime Video, Amazon says they will also stream the games through Twitch. Engadget is reporting that you won’t need to be a Prime member to watch the games on Twitch. Fox Sports will broadcast games between weeks 4 to 15 of the season and simulcast on NFL Network.

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Amazon in negotiations against YouTube, Twitter, and Verizon for NFL ‘Thursday Night Football’ streaming rights

Amazon is back at the bidding table for streaming rights to the NFL’s Thursday Night Football (TNF) games, according to Variety. They’re up against Google’s YouTube, Twitter, and Verizon. FOX just locked up broadcast rights to TNF for the next five years, but now Amazon is negotiating for digital streaming rights for equally as long. Read more ›

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Amazon will stream Thursday night NFL games this year

Amazon has acquired the rights to stream this year’s 10 Thursday night NFL games. Twitter picked up the rights to Thursday night games last year for $10 million, and released a Fire TV video app for access, but now Amazon has paid $50 million for this year’s rights. CBS and NBC will each still broadcast 5 games, but Amazon will also stream the network’s coverage for free to Prime members. Amazon is rumored to be working on their own TV subscription service to compete with Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV Now, and the just launched YouTube TV service, so this deal with the NFL may also be a way to add a little more live sports to the lineup of their own cable service.

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