This past Sunday, 32 teams stepped into brightly lit arenas across the country and 16 left with their dreams of total victory intact. Top-seeded and undefeated Kentucky continues to slaughter all who oppose them and now West Virginia is staring down the barrel as they try to gun their way to a spot in the coveted Elite 8.
If you’ve just cut the cord and you don’t know where to watch March Madness, then you’re in luck because I’m going to tell you when, where, and how you can watch the Sweet 16 without having to shell out hundreds of dollars to the cable company.
First, let’s tackle the when of this cord cutting dilemma. Here is the upcoming schedule for the Sweet 16:
As you may have noticed, only three stations will be airing the Sweet 16: CBS, TBS, and TNT.
There are two ways to watch CBS, one that’s free but potentially spotty and one that costs money (one-time purchase) but displays in 1080 HD quality that even cable and satellite can’t deliver. Everyone likes free stuff, which is why going to CBSSports.com is such a tantalizing option. At CBSSports.com you can stream any CBS-broadcast March Madness game, get updates on scores, etc… It’s great for the serial streamer.
Getting TBS and TNT is relatively simple. The online streaming service Sling TV offers a handful of streamable live television channels for only $20 per month; both TBS and TNT are included in the default subscription package.
TNT and TruTV, which exclusively aired the first four games, are also going to air special “TeamCasts” coverage on Final Four Saturday. In case you missed it, TruTV is also now offered by Sling TV when you purchase the $5 “Lifestyle Extra” add-on; so keep that in mind for later.
You other option to access CBS is to buy an HDTV antenna; which can pick up the signals transmitted by the broadcast networks like CBS. On average you will spend roughly $30-$60 on an antenna, but it’s worth it. It’s worth it because after the tournament is over you still have an antenna capable of delivering thousands of hours of entertainment for free.
In terms price to content ratio, that is very hard to beat.
If you are in the market for an antenna, I would recommend buying from Mohu. Based off of military design; their antennas are incredibly light weight and can deliver crystal clear HD picture in even the most dire of circumstances.
And with that you should be good to go to. One of the things that cable companies like to do is trick people into thinking that cable is the only place where they can go to get television entertainment. While cord cutting may be a little more complicated that just turning on the TV, it is by no means limited and can serve well as a cable TV alternative.
Case in point is March Madness. In the past, cable companies have held the keys to the gate of almost all our most cherished sporting events; but that is slowly changing. With an ever expanding number of streaming options and ways to watch television, restrictive cable TV subscriptions are going the way of the dinosaur.
If you’re thinking about cutting the cord, now’s the time to do it. As we’ve seen today, you don’t have to miss out on March Madness to kill the cable bill so why not go ahead and free yourself from cable once and for all? Trust me when I say you’ll be glad you did.
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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