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Watch NFL Thursday Night Football Live on Your iPad. Sort Of.

With it’s latest update, (Version 2.1) the NFL ‘12 iPad App now allows users to stream the NFL.com’s Thursday Night online game coverage.

The NFL ’12 app is the free-to-everyone app not to be confused with the NFL Mobile app which is available only to Verizon subscribers.

UPDATE: Beginning with the 2012 season, the NFL now requires a $9.99 fee to watch video content on the NFL ’12 app

Now the caveat is, that the NFL.com “Live coverage” of Thursday Night Football doesn’t include showing the entire game. You get a three hour studio show with frequent “Live Look-ins” to the game action. It’s the same Thursday Night NFL coverage you get at NFL.com/Live.

During an NFL Thursday Night game, open the app you’ll see the “Live Video Available” on the schedule. Tap to pull up the video coverage.

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So, what exactly do you’re get to watch? It’s a lot of studio analysis mixed with “Live Look-ins” on the live game action. Discussion, highlights, breaking down big plays, key plays, etc.

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The Live Look-Ins do show the actual NFL Network coverage with the same audio commentary. NOTE: We did notice that the app version was a minute or two behind the live coverage, so keep this in mind if you happen to be following along on Social Media and don’t want any spoilers.

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This is far from an ideal way to watch a game, but if you are desperate and have no other option, or you only have a passing interest in the game, it could be a viable option. Like we said, Watch NFL Thursday Night Football on your iPad… Sort of.

Download NFL ‘12 for iPad

Download NFL ’12 for iPad for free from the App Store.

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  • Never mind

    Stupid of NFL to not know what fans want.

    • sportsgeekery

      Oh, they know what fans want. What the NFL wants, however, is for fans to subscribe to the NFL Network.

  • sportsgeekery

    Also, I’ve updated this post to indicate that the NFL is now charging $9.99 per season to access video content via this app… which really sucks because the same stuff is free on their website.