The madness is back folks! With Selection Sunday happening on March 17th, we are inching closer and closer to the beginning of the Big Dance. Starting officially on March 19th, the biggest tournament in sports is here to ruin your productivity at work and will have you fighting for the TV at home.
However, if you don't have cable to watch, don't freak out just yet. I'm here to tell you that there are a few options you have when you want to watch the madness without cable. You don't need to pay for an outdated satellite or pay hundreds for cable service. All you need to watch the action is an over the air tv antenna or a streaming service.
The tournament is comprised of 67 games that will be broadcast across four major networks: CBS, Tru TV, TNT, and TBS. The good news for you is that the NCAA Tournament Selection Show, Final Four, and National Championship will air on CBS. Just continue reading and follow our guide on how to March Madness without cable.
Over-The-Air TV Antenna
Channel Master has been in the TV antenna game for 70 years. So, if you're wondering how to watch March Madness, a TV antenna is the way to go. Their antennas pick up over-the-air broadcasting and bring live tv into your home for free. They offer both indoor and outdoor TV antennas for your viewing needs. They have a great resource you can use called Antenna Selection Guide, which allows you to research the best antenna for you as well as what channels you receive in your area. Since CBS is one of the major networks, you can expect to receive their transmission without a problem. They will air 24 games throughout the tournament, so make sure you schedule your time accordingly.
If you're going to miss some games, you have the option to record with Channel Master Stream+. Stream+ offers an on-screen program guide and allows users to pause, rewind and record live TV with no subscription fees. All you need is a hard drive so you have a place to view and save your recordings. Watching the madness this year will be easier than ever when you use an OTA antenna!
CBS All Access App
With the CBS All Access app, you will be able to stream the action live on your phone, tablet or streaming media console. The app is available for iOS and Android as well as Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, PS4, Xbox, and more. You will also be able to watch the pre-show festivities and post-game interviews live on the app. A subscription that has limited commercials costs $5.99 per month or you can opt for an ad-free subscription for $9.99 per month. When you subscribe you will receive a one-week free trial.
Hulu with Live TV
Hulu with Live TV is an addition of Hulu's existing on-demand service that adds live streaming television to the mix and includes the four channels you need to catch all of March Madness. It is a subscription option that allows you to gain access through the same platform. While using this service, you can watch live television on your desktop computer or laptop, smartphone, or tablet. There are three different price points so make sure you do your research on what is right for you.NCAA March Madness Live App (h2 header)
Before we explain what this app is able to provide it's important to note that not all games can be streamed live. Only the CBS broadcasts are available without a subscription on their app. For the other networks, you will need to use your cable subscription login information in order to watch the other games. This app offers some pretty cool information about the tournament though. Once you download you are able to see live scores, stats, an interactive bracket, game notifications, and curated social content. The app is free but remember you will need cable subscriptions to watch all games.The options available to you for streaming March Madness 2019 are all diverse. Make sure you know what games you want to watch so you know what service to choose. Kick back, relax, drink a beverage of your choice and enjoy this year's madness.