This week the 2016 NCAA basketball tournament begins. 64 teams will compete (68 if you count the play-in round), and come April 4, only one will be left standing. There will be upsets, there will be amazing stories, there will be fans going berserk. And to make it even more appealing, you no longer need a cable TV subscription to catch all of the games.
Here’s how to watch March Madness online
Your first stop: NCAA.com
For a complete list of the games – including scores, times, and previews – you can go directly to the source: NCAA.com. The site will also list where you can watch all the games online. Use this site as your first stop for information, and bookmark it for the tournament.
There is also an app you can download for free for Amazon Fire TV, Android, Apple, iOS, Roku, and more.
There is a catch though – for many of them you will need a cable TV login, but not all.
You can count on CBS to show many of the highest profile games throughout the tournament, especially as the teams advance and the field of 64 narrows down. During the first rounds though, you may need to look elsewhere if you are looking for a specific team.
If you just want to watch a random game, you can start here. The games on CBS will be available for free, but for the others you will need a cable TV login.
If for some reason you hate CBS, you can watch the games broadcast by CBS on Bleacher Report.
TBS is one of the cable channels airing games both on broadcast TV and online. You will need a login though. The more games being played concurrently, the more chance one will be on TBS.
TNT will play host to the first game broadcast on cable (there will be one on CBS first). Tune in at 10:30 am PST for UConn vs Colorado, then keep watching for days worth of games. You will need a cable subscription.
During the first few rounds while multiple games are going on at once, Tru.tv will be one of the multiple channels airing games. It will also be available online. You will need a cable login to access the games.
If you want to watch all the games but you don’t have a cable TV login, you can always try out Sling TV. The service costs $20 a month, which may turn you off, but you can try the service out for free for a month. If you are a college basketball fanatic, you can sign up for a month and cancel it.
Here’s how to listen to the tournament
Maybe you aren’t in a position where you can’t watch the game, but you can listen to it. If so, you have an option.
You can find all the games on Westwood One Sports’ website, the official audio provider for the games. A full list of the games with times is available on the website, and you can also find the station on smartphone apps like “TuneIn Radio.”
By the way, if you need one you can find a bracket here!