TV Answer Man, I’m not used to watching games on Amazon. Do you know if you can record the games and pause and rewind like games on cable and satellite? — Terrence, Pasadena, California.
Terrence, Amazon tomorrow night will stream its first exclusive Thursday Night Football game, which will pit the Los Angeles Chargers vs. the Kansas City Chiefs at 8 p.m. ET. (Pre-game activities begin at 7 p.m. ET.) The company will have the exclusive rights to the TNF games for the remainder of the 2022 NFL season.
Since Amazon is streaming the game, there might be some confusion among traditional viewers of NFL games who have become accustomed to using DVR controls on cable and satellite set-tops. For instance, will you be able to record the Amazon games? Pause, rewind and fast-forward the action?
The answer is yes, yes, yes, and yes.
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Amazon says to record the game, and use other DVR features, you go to the game’s page on the Prime Video app or the Amazon web site. (Here’s the Chargers-Chiefs page for tomorrow night.) There you select ‘Record Thursday Night Football’ or ‘Add to Watchlist and Record.’ This will set your page or app to enable game recordings for the entire season.
(When I clicked on ‘Add to Watchlist,’ it enabled recording on my Prime Video page. Amazon’s help page says it will say, ‘Add to Watchlist and Record.’ But my page just says, ‘Add to Watchlist.’ Once you click on Add to Watchlist, click on the image to go to the next page to see if it says, ‘Recording Enabled.’)
If you enable this feature before the game starts, you will have access to a full game replay and be able to watch the live game from the beginning if you tune in late. If you enable it during the game, you will have access to the full game replay only, and limited ability to rewind to earlier in the game.
Enabling the feature after the game will provide you access to future game replays (but not the one just played) and the ability to watch from the beginning.
Also worth noting: Amazon’s recording feature will have a ‘Rapid Recap’ button that will display game highlights if you tune in late.
Terrence, hope that helps. Happy viewing and stay safe!
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“Record Thursday Night Football’ or ‘Add to Watchlist and Record.’ “
So, I clicked “Add to Watchlist”, but didn’t have the “Record Thursday Night Football” option. On my Prime page for tonight’s game, it does say “Recording Enabled”. That means I’m good to go? I guess it will be easy to figure out how to view the recording when it starts at 7pm EDT?
Think you’re good to go
Did that and didn’t work, missed the first quarter and won’t let me go back, even though it says ‘Recording Enabled.’…
Same for me. Enabled recording before the pregame started but was unable to use DVR controls. Terrible experience!
I have the same scenario as Kevin. Only, when I went back to watch the game after it ended I cannot figure out how to get it to replay. Any advice!
I, too, have the same issue as Kevin and Patty. I greatly you being out there to help – particularly those of us who are senior citizens!
I have tried everybody’s suggestions and nothing works. Always remember at 12:30am you can record the game on the NFL channel!
How do you pause live nfl on Thurs on Amazon? I hit pause on my remote and nothing happens.
How do i know when to stop fast forwarding during the football game on amazon prime? It doesn’t show what i am fast forwarding through.
Only get live even after selecting record.
Doesn’t seem like you can watch the replay until the live coverage is finished? Dumb. If I’m an hour or two behind I’d like to start at the beginning and catch up, not have to wait until the next day to watch. Am I missing something?
This didn’t work. The web page showed that the recording was enabled but I couldn’t watch the game from the beginning when I got to it after work at 10pm. I was only given the option to watch the live broadcast. Very frustrating.
Prime sucks for hosting Thursday Night. The sound was horrible and not being able to easily fast forward through the commercials or really any DVR functions makes it impossible to watch
I agree with earlier posts. Did not record even though the recording was enabled.
Was on Phone with Amazon for an hour and they had no clue how to fix DVR feature – even with Recoding Enabled. Lousy debut of TNF!
TVanswerman is WRONG! The record only means you can watch it once the game is completely finished. You can’t record it and then get home from work late and start watching the game from the beginning. You can only watch the game from the point that you log into your Prime account. In order to watch from the beginning, you’ll have to wait until the next day! Amazon can build genital rockets but can’t do simple DVR technology. Disappointing!
TV Answer Man reports what Amazon says you can do.
Does not work. No “DVR” functionality during the game. Amazon customers service is clueless. They have a big problem on their hands because they said they have an in-game DVR capability they they really don’t have. Surprised more people have not complained! Let’s hear from ‘ya!
Ditto from me! So frustrating. I usually record all games and begin watching the recording about 30-40 min into the game simply so that I can have total DVR functionality, such as ffwd, pause and reverse. I time it to end watching recording at same time live game ends.
SO HOW DO I DO THIS?
Absolutely embarrassing for Amazon and the NFL. Not everyone can be home to watch football at night. Some people gotta work! Roger Goodell continues his reign of terror over the NFL. Amazon couldn’t care less.
Actually, the answer is NO, NO, NO and NO!
My wife does not like football, so I record to watch later. There is no option on Prime to watch it later even though I activated record per the instructions. This is basic. Does Amazon even have Football fans on their staff. If so, they would have caught this in the early beta. TNF is off my list now, and Prime is in my doghouse!!
would like to add my sincere displeasure to the above list. Can’t start watching at 4!!! I’ve Enabled and added to watch list and when I try to watch later in the evening I select ” watch from the beginning it still takes me to the livegame.. very frustrating
just awful!!!!!🤬😝everything about it. why would they create such terrible experience.
Terrible. Shame on NFL. Been trying everything since tnf started. What a rip off to pay for nfl network then have to go to prime for tnf. Still no dvr controls for me. And yes “recording is enabled.”
DVR does not work for me as well.
also when I select start from the beginning it takes me to the live game!!!
Extremely annoying!!! Major fail for Amazon
TNF on Prime is 40-year reverse in technology. You can only turn it on and control volume — no pause, fast-forward, reverse, etc. Please tell me Prime will not get any other NFL contracts and make fans suffer through this!