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Let’s get this out of the way once and for all: I hate the title of this piece, too. However, I’m coming in hot having won not one but two March madness brackets last year, so you’d better listen up.
Many people think that watching a lot of college hoops during the regular season will lead to success in your betting pools, but I’m here to tell you that’s hogwash. Watch only some college basketball during the regular season, and then pick Villanova to win it all. Worked out for me last year, why won’t it this year?
All kidding aside, I have no idea how to win your bracket, but what I do know is where to catch the action so that you can watch during work when you are at home during non-business hours. Here’s the complete streaming guide to catching the madness this March.
Here’s the basics: all of our precious March Madness games will be on either CBS, TBS, TNT, or truTV.
If you’ve got a cable subscription (gross) you’ll be able to stream these games from those respective sites, or you can go to the NCAA’s site where they’ll have all those games in one place. They’ve also got a dedicated streaming channel on your TCL Roku TV!
There’s also a three-hour trial period so if you really really have to watch a game you could do that, but alas, three hours of college hoops is hardly madness at all. That’s why I’m gonna tell you how to catch all the action (madness) without a pricey cable subscription.
YouTube TV, Fubo TV, and Hulu with Live TV
Here are the big three streaming options to catch our favorite disease, March Madness. These channels have access to CBS, truTV, TBS, and CBS as well, so you won’t miss a minute of the action. They’re all around the same price, $45, with YouTube TV coming in slightly lower at $40 a month.
CBS All Access and your antenna
If you’re a fairweather fan and only care about catching some of the games, big ones included, these are probably the better options. You already own an antenna (if you don’t, check out my post on streaming options, and what an antenna can do for you) so it’ll be convenient for when you’re at home trying to get CBS, but if you’re trying to watch while you’re super bored at work on the go, CBS all access is just $6 a month, and you’ll be able to get those games.
If you’ve already got Sling, great! If you don’t then keep reading! Sling’s Blue package has access to TBS, TNT, and truTV, so you’ll be very covered on everything outside of the final four if you get this package. For $25 a month, it’s not a huge cost, and coupling it with CBS all access or your antenna, it’s the cheapest way to watch the madness ensue.
There you have it, a comprehensive guide on how to get your college hoops craving this March (into April). With this knowledge, you’ll be able to watch live as all of your betting and bracket hopes and dreams fly out the window when UVA loses in the first round again this year. While my beloved Colorado Buffaloes will most likely not be making an appearance in the madness this year, you can maybe check them out in the NIT by watching on…just kidding, nobody watches the NIT.