The NCAA basketball championships are arguably the most popular college sport on TV, with ad sales only second to the Super Bowl. The high stakes of the tournament make it even more dramatic, turning some of the most apathetic alumni into fanatics for their alma mater (Pitt, you let us down every year).
Decades-long dedication to various teams’ legacies — we’re looking at you Duke — inspire entire families to fandom and we know multiple people who based their college pick on their favorite team, academics be damned. Dynamic coaches are also every bit as entertaining as a well-executed play. Time was, we couldn’t get enough of Bobby Knight. Now, we’ll tune in to West Virginia University games just to catch Bob “Huggy Bear” Huggins on the sideline.
So if your fervor is unlimited, why should your viewing capabilities be restricted? If you’re dedicated enough to forego shaving and washing your jersey, you should be able to watch March Madness even without a TV. Whether you’re lacking a TV, a cable subscription, or the motivation to trudge down to your local sports bar for the game, opt for one of these methods to tune in.
March Madness Live
Ready for the madness, but don’t have a TV at home? Fret not, basketball fans. All you need to do is visit NCAA’s March Madness Live website for access to streaming games, up-to-the-second stats, and a quick look at the current bracket. CBS and Turner Broadcasting once again team up with the NCAA to offer comprehensive online coverage of all 67 March Madness games, assuring even the most casual of fans have the ability to stay up on all the action. Cable channels TNT, TBS, and TruTV (all Turner Broadcasting channels) join in on the streaming fun again this year, helping bring every Big Dance matchup to viewers across the globe.
Seem too good to be true? Well, there is a catch. March Madness Live only allows viewers to freely stream the CBS broadcast games without requiring a compatible cable or satellite subscription. Access to the TNT, TBS, or TruTV streams do require working login credentials from providers such as DirecTV, DISH Network, or many others in order to view those channel’s games. There are some reported work-arounds for this, but whether these will actually work come game day is dicey.
March Madness Live Application
(iOS | Google Play | Windows Phone | Amazon)
Similar to the above Web resource, the NCAA offers March Madness Live as an application capable of streaming each and every March Madness contest. Once again, any game playing on CBS remains streamable for free, though those taking place on TNT, TBS, or TruTV require a compatible cable or satellite subscription. In addition to apps for smartphones and tablets touting iOS, Android, Windows, or Amazon operating systems, this year you also have the ability to download the March Madness Live application for Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV. The best part is, it’s completely free.
While Sling TV isn’t a specific online streaming option, DISH Network’s latest project proves an incredible way to stream March Madness action for cordcutters everywhere. The introductory $20-per-month package includes channels such as TNT, TBS, and ESPN, thus granting even basic users access to a litany of college basketball action and coverage. To completely round out the March Madness experience, Sling TV users have the ability to add TruTV to the lineup for just an additional $5 per month. These options, coupled with the free online CBS coverage, guarantees basketball fans non-stop coverage of the Big Dance.
The best thing about Sling TV is that the access it grants to ESPN means you can watch not just the men’s tournament, but also the women’s. I know, I know, you’re thinking, “There’s a women’s NCAA baketball tournament?” And it’s true, though you’d never be able to tell given the lack of advertising for it and the lack of fans in the stadium. The women’s tournament does run concurrent to the men’s, however, and is just as intense, inspiring, and dynamic.
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If you really love watching various college sports year round, College Sports Live might be the best option for you. Pricing plans are $9.95 per month or $99.95 per year, and grant access to live games from more than 75 schools. If you love watching women’s college softball as much as March Madness, College Sports Live can outfit you pretty comprehensively. Like Sling TV with the sports add-on — which includes ESPNU — you’ll be able to watch both men’s and women’s March Madness games. There’s one drawback, though. While College Sports Live includes many of the schools that usually participate in March Madness, there are some notable exception, namely Duke and Syracuse. That means that, depending on the way the bracket works out, it’s possible that you might miss some of the biggest March Madness match-ups.
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