Enjoy More Thursday Night Football Without Cable

April 19, 2016

Recent Changes Mean More Thursday Night Football for Cord Cutters

Watching NFL football without cable television is a relatively simple matter. For the most part, NFL games are available on over-the-air (OTA) television channels like CBS and NBC, so the only thing you need is a simple over-the-air antenna. However, if you want to watch EVERY NFL game without cable; you are going to need to look a bit further.

In recent years, Thursday Night Football games have taken place on two networks outside of a cord cutter’s reach; on ESPN and NFL network. However, recent changes to broadcasting rights have left the flood gates open; and now it’s never been easier to watch Thursday Night Football.

Here’s how you do it:


Lets start with the most recent news – Twitter will be streaming NFL games this year! When it comes to online streaming, Twitter is not the website you think of. But against all odds, Twitter has been able to secure the online streaming rights to 10 Thursday Night Football games; beating out the likes of Amazon and Facebook.

“Twitter is where live events unfold and is the right partner for the NFL as we take the latest step in serving fans around the world live NFL football” ~ NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

What that means for you is that you will no longer have to sign up for cable or streaming services you don’t want, just to watch Thursday Night Football. This is going to be the perfect option for the casual or frugal football fan; and I can’t wait to see what it looks likes.

With Twitter getting into the mix of online sports streaming, we’re looking at a new frontier of streaming where the social network finally starts to intersect. If anything, it’s definitely going to take trash talking to the next level.

OTA Television

As you might have heard back in February, the NFL recently reached a deal with the broadcast networks CBS and NBC; allowing each network to broadcast 5 Thursday Night Football games in 2016 and 2017. So what does that mean for you?

Basically, that means that for this upcoming NFL season you will be able to catch a total 10 Thursday Night Football games with an OTA antenna. Last season you only got a total of 8, so that’s a two game gain for cord cutters. But it gets even better.

Sling TV & PlayStation Vue

Sling TV is taking the market by storm and offer a very crucial piece to the puzzle: ESPN. With Sling TV‘s base package you get access to ESPN which, as I stated above, provides access to numerous Thursday Night Football Games as well. The exact schedule is not out yet, so time will tell how to mix and match all these services together to get the biggest bang for our buck.

In addition to Sling TV, cord cutters nationwide have another streaming alternative to cable that offers ESPN among other popular channels: PlayStation Vue. It’s a little pricier and available on fewer streaming devices, but it does offer some unique channels that may be more enticing to some cord cutters.

Take a look at this comparison of Sling TV and PlayStation Vue to see which one might be best for you. And if you’ve never signed up for either service, you can take advantage of their free trials to test them out before committing either way. Not that it’s much of a commitment, since you can cancel at anytime.

NFL Game Pass

As cheap and convenient as our other two options are; if you’re more than just a fan of the NFL, you’re going to want a more complete picture of your NFL season. If you want every Thursday Night Football game and then some, then NFL Game Pass is your best option.

It costs $99 a year, which breaks down to about $8.25 a month, and with that you get access to every NFL game this season; Post Season and Super Bowl included. The only catch is that you don’t get a live stream of the game. Access to the video playback only becomes available immediately after broadcast. Usually, I just watch whatever game is in my local OTA network and watch the game I’ve been waiting on afterwards.

You also get access to Classic Super Bowl Matches and every game from 2009 to present on-demand. Thursday Night Football is great, but if you want a little more then you may want NFL Game Pass.

How do you plan on watching this upcoming NFL Season? Let us know in the comments below or sound off on social media!

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