Yes, Thanksgiving is all about family, food, and acknowledging what you have. But it is also watching professional football.
As the smell of roast turkey begins to permeate the home, the fight for a playoff spot will continue on the grill. But the chances of you being able to watch undisturbed are slim – and it’s not exactly the kind of day you can sneak into your favorite watering hole unnoticed. So, whether you’re cooking dinner or peeling potatoes, you still have the option to watch any of today’s three games. Just be aware that since it’s a holiday, normal Thursday night viewing habits will change. Amazon, despite the new contract, will not be broadcasting the game tonight.
Whatever your circumstances, we will protect you. Here’s a look at who’s playing today and a few different ways to watch games.
What NFL teams are playing this week? What channels broadcast the games?
This is perhaps the best part of Thanksgiving NFL games: they don’t compete against each other. The NFL has compiled all three for you to view during the marathon (or at least use them as a means to turn the family off if a political dispute breaks out before the pumpkin pie is served).
Thursday, November 24
Buffalo Bills vs. Detroit Lions 12:30 pm ET on CBS
New York Giants v Dallas Cowboys 4:30 pm ET on Fox.
New England Patriots vs. Minnesota Vikings 8:20 pm ET on NBC
How can I watch my local NFL team for free even if I’m not in the market?
The best way to watch any network programs on the big screen for free is to use a good HD antenna. And NFL games are some of the easiest to watch as they air on broadcast networks, meaning you’ll be able to watch them even if you don’t have a cable TV subscription. The best thing? All Thanksgiving games are broadcast on the air channel. To make sure you’re getting the most reliable signal, be sure to test the antenna in several places in your home.
How can I stream NFL games live online if I don’t have a cable TV subscription?
You have several options to choose from:
The NBC streaming service will give you access to multiple games, including all Sunday night games. You can get a seven-day free trial and then a monthly fee of $5 or $10. (The free version of Peacock does not include live sports.)
The CBS streaming service will give you access to the games broadcast on this network. You can get a free trial for one week and then a monthly fee of $5 or $10.
The Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ bundle no longer has a free trial, so you’ll have to pay $13.99 a month for all three combined (or $19.99 a month for no ads on Hulu). Including Live TV in the bundle brings the price up to $70 per month ($76 without ads).
Hulu with live streaming
The free trial of this service is also no longer offered. It will cost you $70 per month.
After a two-week trial, you can expect a monthly fee of $65.
Dish Network Sling’s low-level “orange” plan will set you back $35 per month. Adding the more comprehensive Blue Plan brings the cost up to $50 per month. You’ll have a seven-day free trial first, and right now, the cost-cutting service cuts your first month’s bill in half.
Live TV stream
Formerly known as DirecTV Now, AT&T TVNow, and AT&T TV, this oft-rebranded streaming service will cost you $70 a month and up after a free trial.
This sports-focused cord-cutting service operates on broadcast networks in most markets. There is a seven-day free trial followed by monthly payments of $70-$100, depending on the channels you choose.
Can I watch NFL games on Amazon?
Here’s where it gets a little confusing. Amazon has exclusive rights to Friday Night Football for 2022 and the next 10 seasons. However, there is an exception for the Thanksgiving game this year. So while you’re used to tuning into Amazon Prime on Thursday night, today’s game won’t be there. Instead, it will air on NBC.
Does the NFL offer any game viewing packages I want?
He offers three, actually.
NFL app will allow you to stream games that are streaming locally in your marketplace on Sundays. If you want to watch an off-market game, you have two options.
NFL game pass
There are a couple of hitches with this service. You can’t use it to watch live games, but you can watch anything once its main stream ends. There’s a seven-day free trial after which you pay $100 per season.
Sunday NFL Ticket
DirecTV customers have access to it, but if you’re not a subscriber and live in an area where it’s not available, you can watch any NFL game live, online or on TV for $73.49 per month or $293.36 for the entire season.
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