Tonight’s Thursday Night Football game features the Buffalo Bills hosting the New York Jets at 8:25 Eastern time. For the first time you can watch an NFL game on Twitter via Apple TV (4th gen) or other set top box.
This past April Twitter outbid Amazon for the rights to stream 10 games this season. Last year Yahoo streamed one game in what the NFL called an experiment. I watched that game and was amazed at the video quality and lack of buffering. It was indistingushable from an OTA broadcast.
Just yesterday the Twitter app became available for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and xBox. The app does not require an account and therefore no log in is necessary. It allows one to view the original CBS broadcast of the game alongside curated Tweets – but you cannot Tweet, Like, Follow or view your own timeline. Its like a “second-screen experience” without the second screen.
You’ll want to use a set top box to watch the game on the biggest screen possible. Mobile viewing options include the Twitter app on iPhone and iPad, a desktop computer at Twitter.com (not the Safari browser), CBS.com or CBS mobile app (Cablevision only), NFL mobile app (Verizon only). Individuals with an NFL Network subscription can watch on a laptop comupter or Sony Playstation 4. Odd fact: the livestream is available in every country in the world except Canada (presumably due to licensing issues).