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All The Ways To Watch NCAA Basketball Online During March Madness

By Jeremy Evans / March 17, 2016 / Tags: ,

Here’s the definitive guide to live stream March Madness online (with or without cable) — so you don’t miss a minute of the 2016 men’s college basketball tournament.

Watch March Madness Online, 2016
Image source: NCAA

Sitting at work while your NCAA men’s basketball picks shoot breath-taking buzzer-beaters and make or break your bracket — and missing all the action — can be agonizing. Thankfully, you can watch March Madness online — and do so clandestinely so your boss doesn’t catch you.

To live stream men’s college basketball’s biggest tournament there are a few different options. Availability will vary, though, depending on whether you’re looking to live stream NCAA games without a cable subscription, and whether you want to watch on a computer, phone or tablet, or media streaming device like Roku. To watch particular games online, it will also depend on which channel has broadcast rights. CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV will all air NCAA basketball games.

So you’ll probably need to flip around to different sources to stream all the games. Thus, in one easy place, here are all the ways to stream March Madness live online. (Skip to the bottom to see the easiest way to stream almost every game for free — without cable.)

How to watch NCAA basketball online — via computer, phone, tablet, or streaming device

Stream NCAA basketball live online for March Madness
Image source: NCAA

NCAA March Madness Live App: You can live stream all the 2016 college basketball tournament games with the free NCAA March Madness Live app, and on NCAA.com. Butlogin with cable or TV provider credentials is required for games on TNT, TBS and truTV. 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

 With a computer or any web-connected device, you can also watch NCAA March Madness live online on the NCAA’s websiteTV provider login is required.

CBS: CBS and CBS Sports live stream on their websites, and via the network’s standalone subscription and streaming service, CBS All Access. CBS All Access costs $6/month — so you’re better off watching these NCAA games for free with the March Madness Live app. If, however, you take advantage of their one-week free trial offer during the NCAA tournament, you can also watch all the CBS games for free with CBS All Access. (Note that live TV with CBS All Access is not available in every market, so check availability before you sign up.)

 Watch men’s basketball on CBS, CBS Sports, or CBS All Access.

ncaa basketball photo
Image source: Beaverbasketball

TBS: TBS will air March Madness live online on their website beginning on Thursday, March 17, the first day of the tournament. TV provider login is required.

⊕  Watch college basketball online on TBS.

TNT: TNT will also live stream men’s basketball online on their site, starting with Game 4 at 9:15pm on Thursday. TV provider login is required.

⊕  Watch live NCAA basketball online on TNT.

ncaa basketball photo
Image source: Beaverbasketball

truTV: Like TBS and TNT, truTV will also show March Madness games live online. You do need to log in with your TV provider credentials. TV provider login is required.

⊕   Watch live college basketball on truTV.

Sling TV: Sling TV offers access to TNT, TBS and truTV (among others). A subscription to Sling TV is $20/month. With a strategically-time free trial of Sling TV, you can watch college basketball free online during a whole week of March Madness action. You can watch on a TV set, computer, or other device.

⊕  Stream the NCAA tournament on Sling TV.

Watch March Madness live on Roku: Get the NCAA March Madness Live app for Roku to live stream games showing on TBS, TNT, and truTV. The app is available in the Roku channel store. Login with TV provider credentials is required to get unlimited live access.

Watch March Madness live on Apple TV: The March Madness Live streaming app is available on Apple TV. It has some fancy new features, like split-screen viewing. Get it from the Apple TV app store.

ncaa basketball photo
Image source: Dean Hochman

Watch NCAA basketball live on Amazon Fire TV: Fire TV, Fire TV Stick and Fire tablets will all work with the March Madness Live app. Download them from your device, or from Amazon.

Stream March Madness on Chromecast: To watch NCAA basketball on Chromecast all you need to do is access a live stream on your phone, tablet or computer using one of the above methods, then cast it to your TV with Chromecast. Remember, the March Madness Live app is available on Android devices, iPhone and iPad from Google Play and the Apple Store.

BOTTOM LINE: How To Stream The Most NCAA March Madness Basketball Games For Free Without Cable

As you can see, coverage and access is fractured, not to mention confusing. So here’s the bottom line — the easiest way to watch as many NCAA tournament games for free as you can if you don’t have a cable or satellite TV provider:

ONE) Use the NCAA March Madness Live app to stream games on CBS for free.

TWO) Sign up for a free trial of Sling TV to watch games on TNT, TBS, and truTV for free. Just go to Sling.com to register — but remember to time it wisely, as you only get one week of free access. Since the games at the end of the tournament will be on CBS, you can watch more games free if you use Sling TV for the early rounds.

That’s not a bad victory for cord cutters. Spread the word.

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