Want to watch football on the Amazon Fire Stick? Need to catch the Thursday or Sunday game while away from home? Consigned to the den during games for being too noisy? There are many ways to catch the game and the Amazon Fire Stick is just one of them. If you have one of these devices lying around, it’s also one of the easiest ways to watch sports.
In a marketplace as competitive as streaming, no vendor can afford to sit still while the competition innovates. Amazon have taken this to heart as it works tirelessly to develop new features for its Fire TV Stick. We have gone from basic TV streaming to live TV, 4K to Alexa voice control and probably more to come. Making more sports available on the device is just one of the ways Amazon seeks dominance. Good news for sports fans!
Watching football on the Amazon Fire Stick
It is now easier than ever to watch football on the Amazon Fire Stick since Amazon struck a deal with the NFL to show 11 games for free. Thursday Night Football is already on the Amazon Fire Stick, for now and if you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber anyway.
It began in September 2018 and runs for eleven games over the season so depending on when you’re reading this, you may still be able to catch one. The first game was broadcast on September 27 when the Minnesota Vikings took on the Los Angeles Rams. Coverage includes the pre-show, commercials and the entire experience. Subsequent games have been shown on Thursday nights since too.
Amazon Prime subscribers will be able to watch Fox streams of Thursday night games through Fire TV with no extra app. If you’re not an Amazon Prime user, there are other options.
NFL Sunday Ticket
The NFL Sunday Ticket from DirecTV is probably the best football coverage of all streaming services. It covers all Sunday games and has a bunch of extra content depending on which of the three available packages you buy. You can install DirecTV onto the Amazon Fire Stick with ease and access all the services’ content from there.
There are three packages, NFLSundayTicket.TV To Go, NFLSundayTicket.TV Max and NFL Game Pass. None are cheap and offer varying levels of content depending on your needs.
CBS All Access
CBS All Access is also available on a Firestick and offers NFL games as part of the $6 a month subscription. You can watch all games shown on CBS plus the Super Bowl and will be able to watch until 2022 which is when the license expires. You get the buildup, some pre-match content and full games including commercials. There is a commercial-free version for $10 a month but I haven’t tried that.
The CBS app can be loaded onto an Amazon Fire Stick the same as any other app and you can access all the content you get with the package using the device.
ESPN has Monday Night Football as part of their streaming package. The WatchESPN app can be loaded onto a Firestick and once set up, you can access all the games featured on the channel on your Fire TV. ESPN is okay for football but doesn’t have the most comprehensive coverage going. However, if football is one of the many sports you follow, the ESPN app makes more sense.
NFL Game Pass
The NFL Game Pass is another way to watch the game but you have to subscribe to get it. Once it was only for old games or to watch games after they had finished but now the app plays live games, pre-season games and full replays of older games. It’s a solid offering that delivers HD quality football content. It is expensive though, at $99 per season but if you’re a fan, that’s a small price to pay I guess.
Sling TV also offers football and can be installed onto a Firestick. The service offers access to football shown by FOX, NBC and ABC and will authenticate with FOX Sports Go, NBC and WatchESPN. If you’re a subscriber of those services or have a package that includes these channels, you’re good to go. Sling TV has a ton of content for every taste, not just football so if you’re after more than just a game, it might be worth checking out.
Hulu Live TV
Hulu Live TV also offers access to ESPN and will authenticate with WatchESPN, FOX Sports Go and NBC Sports. Again, not the most comprehensive coverage but if you’re already paying for Hulu, it offers a bunch of football content as part of the price. You can use Hulu easily with a Firestick through the Hulu app and go from there.