Cable schmable! You can still enjoy all the March Madness 2019 action sans cable. And we can thank the World Wide Web for that (Happy 30th Birthday, by the way!). All the madness begins March 17 with Selection Sunday when the tournament bracket is revealed. From that point on, games will be held practically every day until the championship game on April 9.
Fortunately, we at BZB Express have scoured the internet to present you a number of streaming options—both paid and free—so you don’t miss out on the most intense tournament of the year!
How Can I Stream March Madness for Free?
Head over to the NCAA’s March Madness Live site or download their March Madness Live app to catch all the action for free. However, you’ll only get a 3-hour viewing window before you have to log in with your paid TV provider’s credentials from your satellite, cable, or live TV streaming service. This will be necessary to continue watching games broadcast on TNT, TBS, and TruTV. On the other hand, games shown on CBS do not require you to log in to your paid TV service allowing you to stream all the games for free.
Other Options for Streaming March Madness
Diehard sports fans rejoice! With ESPN+, along with March Madness games, you’ll be able to enjoy all your favorite live sports such as MLB, NHL, MLS, and a ton of other sports channels. Along with the subscription, get exclusive access to programs and original shows like LeBron James’s More Than an Athlete and Detail With Peyton Manning. The plan is only $4.99 per month and you can stream on any of your devices such as your tablet, smartphone, smart TV, PlayStation, and Xbox.
Hulu Live TV
With 60+ top channels (including sports and news) and access to Hulu Live TV’s vast streaming library, you’ll be able to stream all the college games being broadcast on CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV. Plus, you’ll have access to hit movies, full seasons of exclusive series, Hulu Originals, and more. The price for Hulu Live TV is $44.99 per month.
For sports fans, fuboTV is on of the best ways to catch the month-long event. You’ll be able to access tons of sports channels, including CBS, TBS, TNT, and TruTV. In addition to sports, enjoy thousands of movies and TV shows like The Walking Dead and This Is Us. The most popular plan includes 80+ channels for $44.99 per month.
Interested in customizing your streaming subscription plan? Sling TV has a number of options: Sling Orange, Sling Blue, and Sling Orange + Blue. You can add on packages like Sports Extra or Comedy Extra for an additional $5 per month. Currently, their Orange + Blue plan is $25 per month (down from $40) for the first three months. With this plan, you get access to 50+ channels including TBS, TNT, and TruTV. Unfortunately, none of Sling TV’s plans include CBS.
Another great tool that lets you customize your subscription is DirecTV Now. They have a selection of bundles to choose from (including international) and once your choice is made, you can add premium networks or the extra channel packs. Their Plus bundle comes with HBO and 40+ channels including CBS, TBS, TNT, and TruTV. This plan is $50 per month.
With YouTube TV for $40 per month, you’ll get 60+ channels including local sports and news, as well as the four channels needed to enjoy your March Madness: CBS, TBS, TNT, and TruTV. You can add premium networks for additional costs. What’s cool about YouTube TV is it allows for three simultaneous streams while other platforms requires you to pay for that third stream.
PlayStation Vue offers four packages: Access, Core, Elite, and Ultra. Extra channels and premium networks can be added at additional costs.TBS, TNT, and TruTV can be found in all the packages, but if you want CBS Sports you’ll need to get either Core ($49.99/month), Elite ($59.99/month, or Ultra ($79.99/month). If you thought three simultaneous streams—at no additional cost—with YouTube TV was cool, then PlayStation Vue’s five simultaneous streams (at no additional cost) will blow you away. Even cooler, it allows split screen viewing so you can watch three games at the same time—on the same screen!