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Don’t Get CBS All Access — There’s A Free Way To Live Stream March Madness

By Jeremy Evans / March 16, 2016 / Tags: ,

You could live stream CBS’ NCAA men’s basketball tournament games with CBS All Access. But there’s a better way, and it’s free.

Watch NCAA basketball live on CBS

Since CBS is both airing and live streaming March Madness NCAA men’s basketball this year, interest in getting access to the network will be high.

CBS broadcasts over-the-air for free, but many cord-cutter and cord-never households can’t get good reception, or want a more flexible, mobile-friendly way to watch.

⊕ SEE: No Cable? Here’s How To Live Stream The Most NCAA Games For Free

Enter CBS All Access, the network’s standalone streaming service. Anyone, regardless of whether you have a pay-TV service, can subscribe to CBS All Access. A subscription costs $5.99 per month, with no contracts.

For that, you can watch CBS and CBS Sports content, including streaming live TV (with a caveat; more on this later) and watching full episodes of shows on demand. New episodes of shows are available on demand the day after they air. CBS says they offer “thousands” of episodes from current and past seasons of shows.

CBS All Access is different from the CBS mobile app. The free app will let you watch episodes primetime shows for free 8 days after they air live.

For viewers who are hooked on CBS content, CBS All Access is a pretty good deal. The downside comes in the live TV streaming department — just where NCAA March Madness fans want it to deliver.

Using CBS All Access To Live Stream March Madness Basketball

This year’s NCAA men’s basketball championship, dubbed “March Madness” by the marketing whizzes at CBS, will be covered by multiple channels. TBS, TNT, and truTV, along with CBS, will all air and live stream games.

⊕ SEE: All The Ways To Live Stream NCAA March Madness 2016

The catch, however, is that live TV streaming with CBS All Access is only available in certain areas. Numerous markets across the country won’t be able to watch live March Madness games. You can check whether live TV streaming is available where you are here.

If you want to try the service, they offer a 1-week free trial. Test driving it during March Madness would be a good use of the freebie. If you have a cable or satellite TV provider, you can watch live NCAA basketball for free on CBS using your computer or device.

Don’t Use CBS All Access — Use This

There’s a better way to live stream NCAA tournament games that air on CBS. Instead of CBS All Access, use the NCAA March Madness Live app.

The app, which is free, requires users to log in with TV provider credentials in order to stream the tournament games on TNT, TBS and truTV. But games on CBS don’t require a paid TV subscription.

The March Madness Live app is available for:

+ iPhone and iPad, from the Apple App Store

+ Android devices, from Google Play

+ Amazon Fire Tablets, from Amazon.com

+ Roku

+ Apple TV

+ Amazon Fire TV

+ Windows 10

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