We are a little over a week outside the start of the NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament with “Selection Sunday” starting on March 12th. The First Round starts on March 16th. However, the first 4 teams square off on March 14th and 15th, ushering in what I consider the official start to March Madness.
The NCAA Tournament is one of those sporting events you can catch without paying a dime for cable or satellite TV. Nearly every game of the tournament is available through streaming or a TV antenna.
Watch Every NCAA Tournament Game
This years games will be aired on 4 different networks, CBS, TBS, TNT, and TruTV. This may make you recoil at first, but fear not. You can catch every game with just 2 solutions. The first is Sling TV.
Sling TV provides access to TBS, TNT, and TruTV. Live TBS and TNT is available through the base package, while TruTV is accessible through their “Lifestyle Package” for an additional $5 per month. The best think about the service is there is no contract, so you can drop it at any time.
Sling TV offers 2 great promotions for those picking up the service. You can either try out Sling TV with a 7 day free trial, or you can sign up for three months and get your choice of a free Roku 2 or 50% off a Roku 3.
Both offers make Sling TV extremely attractive to try, and the service gives you three of the four channels you need to catch every game of the Tournament.
So that just leaves CBS, and that’s easy. If you live in proximity to broadcast TV you can watch CBS for free using an antenna. Check out my guide on getting digital TV with an antenna. It’s easier than one would think.
If you don’t have access to over the air TV signals, then all hope is not lost. The NCAA March Madness Live service will be live streaming every game on various platforms including Apple TV, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV. While games broadcast on TBS, TNT, and TruTV require login from a cable provider, games on CBS will not require a login. This provides cord cutters access to those games.
It’s yet to be seen, but hopefully CBS will make games being available on their CBS sports App. This would be ideal as it would make the CBS games available on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One, and major mobile platforms.
They haven’t announced it, but CBS aired the Super Bowl on this platform this year, so hopefully they will do the same for March Madness. You can check their website for updates on this closer to tip off, but I’ll update this post as soon as I have more information.
To be on the safe side, I would make sure you have an antenna in place if possible or use the March Madness Live service. CBS will be carry many big games throughout the tournament and the Finals, so you want to be sure you have access.
I have the current schedule posted below so you can plan ahead. I’ll try to stay ahead of any updates.
2017 March Madness TV Schedule
- The First Four square off on Tuesday March 14th and Wednesday March 15th on True TV
- The First Round is played on March 16th and 17th on CBS, TBS, TNT, TruTV
- The Second Round starts on Saturday, March 18th and concludes on Sunday March 19th with games aired on CBS and TBS
- Thursday March 23rd kicks off the Sweet Sixteen and plays into Friday March 24th with games airing on CBS and TBS.
- The Elite Eight start playing the next day on Saturday the 25th. They continue play on Sunday March 26th. Those games will air on TBS and CBS.
- The Final Four is played on Saturday, April 1 at 6pm and 8:49pm. The games will air on CBS
- The National Championship is on Monday, April 3 at 9:00 PM on CBS
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