After what seems like an eternity, March Madness is finally upon us. Soon, these first eight teams will play the first four games to help kick start the grandest collegiate tournament in the United States.
If you’re a cord cutter, then odds are you might be having trouble finding out when and where all the games will air. You can breathe a sigh of relief though because I’ve compiled a handy little list of the upcoming games for this inaugural round; so read on if you want to find out more about round one of March Madness.
First, let’s talk about HOW to watch March Madness…
Now there are essentially two different ways you can watch March Madness without cable. The first is to get an over-the-air (OTA) antenna; which can pick up network broadcast stations like ABC or NBC. If you want the best value for your money, I would recommend purchasing an antenna from Mohu. Their antennas are based off of military design and can hold a strong HD signal in less than ideal circumstances.
CBS will air its fair share of March Madness games, championship game included, so the modest investment required to purchase an antenna would be well worth the price. Not to mention that after the tournament you will still get thousands of hours of entertainment, for free, from your newly purchased antenna.
If, on the other hand, purchasing an antenna is not for you; then you can watch March Madness through the second option: Online Streaming. If you count third party streaming sites, there are an innumerable amount of streaming sources to choose from. However, if you’re like me and hate pop-ups and malware, then the legitimate streams will do just fine.
For starters, CBS Sports allows you to stream all of the CBS games they broadcast online for free, and if you subscribe to Sling TV then you can get the rest of the match-ups on TBS, TNT, and now even TruTV.
In previous years, the NCAA has allowed you to stream every March Madness game online for free, but unfortunately this year you can only stream the games if you have a cable subscription. It’s a shame, but that’s how modern sports works these days.
Now that we know HOW we can watch the tournament, let’s take a look at match-ups for round one:
As you can see, all four games will air on TruTV; which means that you’re going to have to go online to watch the game.
Since Sling TV does not carry TruTV, you’re going to have to turn to a third party streaming website if you want to catch the first four. UPDATE: Sling TV has just announced the addition of TruTV in the Lifestyle Extra add-on package ($5 per month on top of the base $20 Best of Live TV package).
Stream2Watch and First Row Sports are your best alternatives to paying for Sling TV if you’re looking to stream the games. As I said before, third party streaming sites can be a bit of a gamble, so exercise prudence when picking your stream.
Stay tuned for later on in the week when we go over the next round of March Madness. I will be detailing everything you need to know about watching March Madness as a cord cutter!
Dave Kennedy is a long time cord cutter who became increasingly frustrated with the high cost of Cable TV and decided to make a stance. In 2011 he launched KilltheCableBill.com, a site dedicated to helping people save money through providing simple, cost-effective cable TV alternatives. Since then, David has helped 1,000s of people cancel their cable subscription while keeping the shows they love.
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