March Madness is here. Unlike this past Super Bowl and other top-tier sporting events, the NCAA Tournament will not be free to stream from start to finish. But here are a few tips on how to watch and stream March Madness without breaking the bank. Click here for live March Madness odds.
Can I stream March Madness games? And other ways to watch the 2019 NCAA Basketball Tournament.
The 2019 college basketball tournament will be telecast on four networks:
CBS will broadcast 24 March Madness games, while the Turner networks of TNT, TBS and TruTV will show 43 NCAA Tournament games.
How can cord-cutters watch March Madness?
CBS viewers can watch the NCAA Tournament for free via an antenna, the CBS Sports website or via the CBS iOS/Android mobile apps. CBS Sports has declined to provide March Madness games via the CBS Sports app for TVs for free, as it did for the Super Bowl. However, you can subscribe to the CBS’s All-Access TV app for to stream March Madness games.
To stream via the Turner broadcast games, viewers have to authenticate their cable subscriptions. Then viewers can stream games via the NCAA March Madness Live TV app. The first three hours are free. The app is available on:
- Smart Phones
- Apple/Android TV
- Amazon Fire TV
- Microsoft’s Xbox
Additionally to watch March Madness cord-cutters can start trial accounts on:
- DirecTV Now ($40)
- FuboTV ($44.95)
- Hulu with Live TV ($44.99)
- YouTube TV ($39.99)
- CBS All-Access ($7.99)
- Sony PlayStation Vue service (starts at $44.99)
You will have to enter your credit card to start most trial subscriptions. Please remember to cancel your trials after you are finished to avoid further charges.