The single greatest American sporting event of the year is upon us once more. (Don’t @ me, Super Bowl). Sixty-eight teams. Seven rounds. Sixty-seven games, including the First Four games earlier this week. Single elimination. One winner. Buzzer-beating shots, upsets and Cinderella stories; they’re all part of the frenzied action where sports fans are treated to multiple games happening simultaneously across several networks.
March Madness is such an epic and momentous extended sporting event that figuring out exactly where and how to watch specific games and teams can sometimes get confusing. Especially for casual viewers who decide on a whim to fill out an office bracket.
This year’s television schedule is split across the four traditional channels: CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV. However, if you’re like me and can’t spend your day blissfully parked in front of the TV, the tournament is available on a wide range of apps, streaming devices, and video content platforms.
Mind the App
The NCAA has made things a little less chaotic the last few years by centralizing all tourney streaming in the March Madness Live app. For desktop viewers covertly streaming games next to that super important email or spreadsheet tab, the main web app is your best bet.
However, the March Madness Live app does come with some caveats depending on which network is airing which game. The 21 games televised by CBS will all be available for free through the app without requiring a cable login, but for the three Turner-owned channels (TNT, TBS, and TruTV) you’ll need a cable or satellite login to access the live stream.
Alas, even if you…