Watching on Mobile Devices (Completely Free)
The NFL has opened up mobile streaming to all cell phone providers via the Yahoo! Sports and NFL mobile apps. These streaming options are completely free to anyone, without the need of any cable service. Both apps live stream every Thursday Night Football game, even the games airing on Saturday afternoon and night.
There are restrictions however - you can only watch the games from your mobile device (no sending the feed to your TV) and for some NFL Network exclusive games you have to use your cell data as wifi will be disabled. So keep that in mind if you don’t have unlimited data.
Listening to Games on Live Radio
Thursday Night Football games can also be listened to live on SiriusXM, TuneIn, NFL Game Pass or on local radio stations in the local markets of the teams playing, with play-by-play coverage produced by Westwood One.
Westwood One is one of the largest audio networks out there, broadcasting on terrestrial (local, over-the-air) radio. Gaining access to their live NFL coverage is completely free and they cover every Thursday Night Football game and broadcast that play-by-play audio in the local sports radio markets of the teams playing as well as select radio stations nationwide (blackouts and restrictions do apply, in most cases the broadcast is not available for free online streaming, only over-the-air local radio).
NFL on Westwood One Sports is hosted by Westwood One and therefore is not the nationally televised audio feed but instead announced by Westwood One commentators.
SiriusXM is a satellite and internet radio subscription service. They have options for streaming radio stations more traditionally in your car and/or on most any internet-connected mobile device, for a monthly fee. Use this schedule to see what station is airing any given TNF game.
TuneIn is also one of the world’s largest internet audio networks. With this option you’ll be able to hear the Westwood One coverage of every Thursday Night Football game. Subscription to this service is required.
NFL Game Pass is an on demand video service from the NFL that allows you to watch any and every NFL game of the season shortly after each game concludes. While the video portion of this service is not live, the radio option is. NFL Game Pass offers live Westwood One audio for every Thursday Night Football game.
Making Sense of the TNF Broadcast Schedule
Thursday Night Football games air weeks 2-12 and 14-16 of the regular season. For Week 16, multiple games typically air on Saturday afternoon and Saturday night instead, under the TNF branding. Schedule for Week 16 is TBD to allow games to be selected later in the season that have playoff implications.
The week 1 Thursday night game is known as the ‘NFL Kickoff Game’ and exclusively airs on NBC under it’s Sunday Night Football branding. NBC has exclusive rights to the week 13 Thursday night game as well, which falls on Thanksgiving. And finally there are no TNF games for week 17.
FOX, Amazon Prime and Twitch will air 11 regular season TNF games and NFL Network will air every single TNF game (that NBC does not). Though it gets just a bit more complicated.
FOX & NFL Network Sharing of TNF Games
FOX bought the main rights to TNF through 2022 and will be responsible for every game’s production, but a few games will air exclusively on NFL Network. For the 2019 season that will be weeks 2 and 3 and every international game. (NFL Network exclusive games are subject to change every season.)
The announcers for NFL Network exclusive games are also subject to change. Sometimes it remains Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. Other times NFL Network analysts or even NBC’s NFL broadcast crew will announce.
International NFL games are growing in popularity and will be played more in the future. Kickoff times are typically at 9:30am EST for games hosted in London. Future sites of Mexico City and other countries in Europe (and potentially other countries from around the world) will host times in line with their primetime local schedules. NFL Network exclusively airs all international games.