We are less than a week away from the start of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. “Selection Sunday” starting on March 17th. The First Round starts on March 21st. However, the first 4 teams square off on March 19th and 20th, 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 Online
This year’s games will be aired on 4 different networks, CBS, TBS, TNT, and TruTV. At first, this may make you recoil but fear not. All these channels are available in most areas on a few streaming services. TBS, TNT and TruTV are available on many services, but CBS may or may not be available based on your location and the streaming service you choose.
March Madness On FuboTV
FuboTV is one of my favorites among Streaming services because it’s a startup specifically geared toward cord cutters. They offer TBS, TNT, TruTV nationwide and CBS is most local markets. You can check here to see which channels are available in your zip code.
FuboTV is supported by the following streaming devices:
- Android smartphones
- Android tablets
- Apple TV (4th Generation only)
- Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick
If you aren’t in or close to one of these markets, you can still stream TBS, TNT, and TruTV while using a TV antenna to catch your local CBS broadcast. You can also check out our full review of FuboTV for more details.
March Madness on Hulu Live TV
Hulu Live TV offers CBS is most markets in the country. They also provide TBS, TNT, and TruTV. To see if Hulu Live TV offers CBS in your area, you can use this tool: Hulu Live TV Channels by Zipcode.
If you aren’t in or close to one of these markets, you can still stream TBS, TNT, and TruTV while using a TV antenna to catch your local CBS broadcast. Also be sure to check out our full review of Hulu Live TV.
Hulu is supported on the following devices:
- Amazon Fire TV
- Apple TV
- Google Chromecast
- iOS, Android, and Windows Smartphones and Tablets
- Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and 4, Wii and Wii U
- and much more
Hulu offers a 1-week Free Trial, after that it costs $44.99 per month.
Other Ways to Stream March Madness
While Hulu is a great option cord cutters to watch March Madness there are some other options to try.
PlayStation Vue – PS VUE also starts at $45 per month. It also offers all the cable TV channels you need with CBS being available in specific markets. They offer a 1-week free trial. Check out our review of PlayStation Vue for more information.
PS Vue supports the following devices:
- Amazon Fire TV
- PlayStation consoles (PS 3 and higher)
- Google Chromecast (1st gen and up)
- Nvidia Shield
- Apple TV® (4th gen running tvOS 10.0 and up)
- Android TV (Android OS 4.4 and up)
- iOS devices
- Amazon Fire HD6 tablets and above
Sling TV and CBS All Access – 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. You can get their service free for 1-week. Since Sling TV doesn’t offer CBS, you can still catch those games with CBS All Access or by using a TV Antenna.
Sling TV is supported on Android and iOS devices, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Nexus player, Xbox One, and 4th Generation Apple TV
YouTube TV – This service from Google provides access to your local CBS, TBS, TNT, and TruTV for $49.99 per month. However, CBS isn’t available in all parts of the country. Check out my review of YouTube TV for information on availability.
YouTube TV is available on Roku, Android, iOS (includes AirPlay to Apple TV), and Chromecasts/Chromecast-compatible TVs.
DirecTV Now – DTV provides live access to TBS, TNT, and TruTV but they also provide live access to your local CBS affiliate in many parts of the country. You will find all these channels on their “Plus” package for $50 per month. Be sure to check out our full review of DIRECTV NOW for more information.
DIRECTV NOW is supported on the following devices:
- 4th Gen Apple TV
- Google Chromecast, 2nd gen and higher
- Amazon Fire TV
- Fire TV Stick
- iOS devices
- Chrome and Safari browsers
Watch March Madness Online for Free
The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament last three weeks, with the First Round of the starting on March 19th and wrapping up with the National Championship game on Monday, April 8th. This means you can take advantage of 1-week free trials from three of the services I mentioned above and watch the whole tournament for free. Just be sure to cancel each service before your free trial ends.
March Madness Live App
The NCAA does offer an app available on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TVs, and Roku. However, the app requires a TV provider login. The app does accept streaming services as a valid provider, but there is a major drawback. The March Madness Live app won’t stream games airing on CBS live if you are using a TV connected device like Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, etc. Consider the finals are on CBS, this is a major deal breaker for cord cutters. I recommend just watching through your streaming service.
You can download the app below on various platforms.
2018 March Madness TV Schedule
- The First Four square off on Tuesday, March 19th and Wednesday, March 20th on TruTV
- The First Round is played on March 21th and 22th on CBS, TBS, TNT, TruTV
- The Second Round starts on Saturday, March 23th and concludes on Sunday, March 24th with games aired on CBS, TNT and TBS
- Thursday, March 28rd kicks off the Sweet Sixteen and plays into Friday, March 29th with games airing on CBS and TBS.
- The Elite Eight start playing the next day on Saturday the 30th. They continue to play on Sunday, March 31st. Those games will air on TBS and CBS.
- The Final Four is played on Saturday, April 6th at 6 pm and 8:30 pm ET. The games will air on CBS.
- The National Championship is on Monday, April 8th at 9:00 PM ET on CBS
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