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Amazon Prime subscribers will get Bears-Packers on Thursday Night Football

If you have Prime and are away from a TV on Thursday in week 4, you’ll still be able to watch the Packers’ game.

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NFL fans continue to get new options for streaming certain games online each year, and 2017 is no different. This is the first season that Amazon has the rights to stream Thursday Night Football games, which comes on the heels of Twitter hosting free online streams of some TNF games last year. This is good news for fans outside the United States who might not otherwise have access to a legitimate broadcast of the game.

However, Amazon’s streaming will be limited to subscribers of its Prime services.

This morning, Darren Rovell noted that the first TNF game eligible for streaming involves the Green Bay Packers:

This game will also feature the two teams in the same color rush uniforms that they wore during last year’s TNF matchup, which took place in week 7 instead of this year’s week 4 game.

Of course, there will be television options for US-based non-Prime subscribers who want to watch this game. As with all TNF games, it will be televised on NFL Network, and non-cable subscribers will be able to watch on CBS as well, as the national network will carry each TNF game from weeks 4 through 8.

Later in the season, NBC will simulcast the Thursday games between weeks 10-11 and 13-15.

Although it seems a bit odd to only stream the games for Amazon Prime subscribers, it’s just one more way for people who want options in viewing NFL programming to get it — and worldwide availability makes it a plus for fans outside the USA.