The Packers coming back from behind to beat the Saints. The Brewers clinching the NL Central. The Bucks trading for Dame Lillard. This has been a top-five Wisconsin sports fan week, one that could get even better with the Packers/Lions game tonight ... that is, unless you miss the game because you don't know how to watch Thursday Night Football.
Thanks to streaming getting into the live sports business, games are regularly scattered across multiple services these days – and that'll include Thursday night's divisional spat against Detroit. To help you cheer on Green Bay and this new Jordan Love era into a 3-1 record, here's where and how you can watch Thursday Night Football tonight.
Regular broadcast television
If you live in the Milwaukee or Green Bay media markets, tonight's actually not complicated at all – in fact, you don't even need Amazon Prime Video or any other streaming service or even cable. For these local markets, the Packers-Lions game will be simulcast on regular broadcast channels – WITI FOX 6 in Milwaukee and WGBA NBC26 in Green Bay. So no weird streaming debaclery for you tonight!
As for anyone else, though ...
Weird streaming debaclery
Thanks to streaming taking over entertainment and now venturing into live sports, Thursday Night Football – including tonight's Packers game – is now exclusively on Amazon Prime Video for many viewers. Finding the game won't be hard on the service, but you will need a subscription to Amazon Prime in order to access the game, kicking off tonight at 7:15 p.m.
Thankfully, if you don't have a Prime account – and don't really want one beyond tonight – there is a loophole. Amazon Prime Video does offer a 30-day free trial so you can sign up for the service and watch the game tonight for free. Just make sure that, if you don't want to keep Prime Video, you cancel before the 30 days expire – because otherwise you'll be stuck with another streaming service to pay for, $8.99 a month for just the streaming service or $14.99 a month for Amazon Prime as a whole. (And they're only getting more expensive, too.)
There's actually another option to stream the game tonight – on mobile, at least. NFL+, the league's own streaming app, will also broadcast tonight's game. The service costs $6.99 for access to live games – but it too also offers a free trial for those new signing up. Their trial, however, only lasts seven days so if you don't want the service, be sure to remember to cancel your subscription after the final whistle tonight.
So that's where you can find the game tonight – but where can you actually find the game on those apps and services? That's thankfully the easy part. If you're watching on a laptop or portable device tonight, when you go to the Amazon home screen or app, there's a giant ad and countdown banner for the night's game at the top of the screen. Click on that, and you'll be brought to the game's home screen, where the Packers-Lions bout will be broadcast starting with a pregame show around 6 p.m. before Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit take over the call at 7:15 p.m. for kickoff.
As for watching on a TV, in this streaming era, you probably have an Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire stick or Roku – so you just download the Amazon Prime Video app if you haven't already, select it, sign in your log-in information (or sign up for the free trial) and the Packers-Lions game should be one of the first immediate options on the app's home screen. Click on that – and you're ready for kickoff.
Now all you need is the Packers to do what they couldn't last year: beat the Detroit Lions. For more Packers info, click here – and go Pack go!
As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.
When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.