March Madness is on the horizon, but first we have NCAA basketball Championship Week to look forward to. It’s the final opportunity for many teams to get in the tournament, so we’re all excited to see some crazy basketball played with a sense of urgency.
And the best part? You don’t need cable to catch the majority of the great match-ups. While many of the options are similar to those I’ve detailed in my March Madness guide here, the options aren’t 100% the same. Let’s take a closer look.
A selection of Championship Week games are available on both FOX and CBS (FOX isn’t handling any of March Madness though), which is great news for cord cutters. Why? Because all you need is a trusty antenna, and you can watch these games live in HD…for free!
Of course, you need to make sure you get an antenna that will work for you in your location. While I favor the Mohu Leaf 50, you might live a bit farther out and need something like the Mohu Sky. Your best bet is to enter your address to see what antenna will work best for you. Mohu will provide you with a list of channels you can expect to receive in your area, dependent upon which antenna you choose.
Want to know when the games are coming on? CBS has a great schedule that will give you a good overview.
ESPN and its various offshoot channels will have a good deal of Championship Week games across many of the big conferences. And what’s the best way to get ESPN without cable? Sling TV.
Sling TV’s basic “Best of Live TV” package gives you ESPN, ESPN2, and the ability to log into the ESPN App with your Sling credentials. The services costs $20 per month with no contract. You can try it free for 7 days (14 through Roku) and cancel at any time.
Want to catch the games on ESPNU and SEC Network? For 5 bucks more a month, you can add the Sports Extra package and gain access to those channels live as well.
Looking for a schedule of ESPN college basketball coverage? Check that out here on ESPN.com.
While an antenna can get you CBS for free in many cases, there are still some instances where online streaming is more ideal (whether at work and watching online or if you live beyond the range of broadcast towers). CBS launched their streaming service, CBS All Access, last year, and it features a deep library of their content. But more importantly, in many markets CBS All Access offers a live stream of the local CBS affiliate.
While there are some restrictions, CBS All Access live streams will feature Championship Week games. Find out if the service offers a live stream in your area.
Trying to piece together a setup that will allow you to watch all the games you want can seem difficult. But it doesn’t have to be. For more information on how to watch the college basketball you crave online, read through my complete guide.
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