How to stream the NFL on Amazon Prime Video

As streaming giants grow larger, they are vying for more access to live sports broadcasts. As one of the largest, Amazon Prime Video already offers live broadcasts to several professional sports organizations, including the NFL. At this time, there are still few premium video-on-demand (VOD) services that provide live coverage. Not even the NFL’s own service NFL Game Pass delivers live broadcasts. So, it’s sort of a big deal that a non-cable-alternative like Amazon Prime Video earned the rights for live NFL games. 

Amazon Prime Video offers thousands of episodes and movies within its catalog. Outside of its own collection, Amazon Prime allows you to rent and purchase titles that are otherwise difficult to track down. Check out Amazon Prime Video along with its features and movie catalog with our review. If you’re 3rd and inches, so to speak, but need to know more about packages and pricing before you decide, we cover that too in our breakdown

With live sports now available on Amazon Prime Video, NFL games can be streamed live just like traditional TV. Find out how to stream your Amazon Prime Video NFL package below.

Can I stream every NFL game on Amazon Prime Video?

Just like any other professional sport, the NFL is tied into numerous, complicated contracts with local and national networks. We won’t bore you with the details, but the short answer is that, no, Amazon Prime Video doesn’t stream every NFL game. At this point in time, if you want to catch every NFL game live, you’ll need either a traditional or cable-alternative service, such as fuboTV or Sling TV. That said, Amazon Prime Video simulcasts 11 Thursday Night Football games that are also split between CBS and NBC. 

There are a number of features to help personalize your football-viewing experience. One way you can alter Thursday Night Football is by choosing your preferred commentators. You’ll have the option of Fox’s Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, Amazon’s Andrea Kremer and Hannah Storm, NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks and Daniel Jeremiah, and Fox Deportes’ Adrián García Márquez and Rolando Cantú.

There’s also Amazon Prime Video’s X-Ray feature. This is a feature that’s particularly useful to fantasy football and superfans who want to be kept up-to-date on key insights and all the league stats. The X-Ray feature not only lets you watch replays, but it lists stats such as completion probability, running speeds, and time the QB has in the pocket. There are also helpful features like important milestones, trivia, and simple box score statistics.

Amazon Prime will stream a playoff game live during the 2020-2021 post-season in January. In fact, it’s one of the most exciting — the Wild Card game. This is also a simulcast situation, where Amazon Prime Video will share the viewing rights with CBS, Nickelodeon, and ViacomCBS.

One of the few other streaming services to provide live NFL games is CBS All Access. When CBS broadcasts NFL games, they’re also streamable via this service. But since CBS shares Thursday Night Football with NBC, you won’t be able to stream every game like on Amazon.

Which devices can I use to stream the NFL on Amazon Prime Video? 

You can watch live events on Amazon via numerous streaming devices. The general rule of thumb is as long as the device supports the Amazon Prime Video app, you can stream live sports. These include all popular devices like game consoles, smartphones, tablets, and web browsers. Take a look at the full list below. 

  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Amazon Fire Tablet
  • Android devices
  • Apple TV
  • Google Chrome
  • iOS devices
  • PlayStation
  • Roku
  • Web browsers
  • Xbox One

More on NFL streaming with Amazon 

Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of Prime Video sports. 

Where can I find live NFL games on Amazon Fire TV?

Live NFL games, like Thursday Night Football, will appear on the Home screen of Fire TV’s operating system. For whatever reason, if the game isn’t populating, navigate to the Live tab in the main menu.

Why am I having buffering issues with Amazon Prime Video’s NFL live stream? 

First, make sure that you’re using one of the devices that support the NFL on Amazon Prime Video. The device you’re using needs to have capable download speeds. Buffering issues also hinge on whether you’re watching standard definition (SD) or high definition (HD) content. Amazon recommends a minimum of 1 Mbps for SD and 5 Mbps for HD live streams.

The final cut

With the NFL increasing its presence on Amazon Prime Video, it’s not only great for Prime members but anyone with a streaming device. Now, if you have traditional TV with access to all the major networks, this might be huge news. But if you’re someone who cut the cord and currently use various streaming services in place of the cable experience, you’ll find this as a huge win. 

The writing on the wall points to streaming devices as the future of live professional broadcasting. At this point in time, Amazon has simulcast rights alongside traditional networks like CBS and NBC. Amazon Prime members can watch Thursday Night Football and will even have a direct line to the NFL Wild Card game this 2020-2021 season. 

Are you thinking about cutting the cord? What if you could obtain access to local networks like ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC for a one-time cost? With a digital antenna like HDHomeRun, you’ll gain access to live HD programming of local channels and regional sports networks (RSNs), while having the ability to record live programming for future viewing.