March Madness Channels and Television Schedule for 2017

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Show: March Madness 2017

What are the March Madness Channels?: CBS, TNT, TBS, and truTV

What’s the March Madness Schedule: A complete March Madness schedule is available below

Live Stream: CBS All Access (free 7-day trial), DIRECTV NOW (free 7-day trial), Sling TV (free 7-day trial), PlayStation Vue (free 7-day trial)

College Basketball fans can rejoice in knowing that it’s time once again to enjoy the frenzy of March Madness. From Selection Sunday on March 12 all the way to the final, Championship game on April 3 you can watch March Madness online with or without a cable subscription! This article is here specifically to offer up the March Madness schedule and to fill you in on the March Madness channels that will be airing all the games this year.

 

What Channel is March Madness On?

As you probably already know, March Madness is a series of college basketball games that start with 68 teams and work their way down to one epic game with the two best teams in the country. Naturally, all games cannot air on just one network. As in recent previous years the March Madness channels include CBS, TBS, TNT, and truTV. All games will air on these networks. While the teams that will play in each game cannot be announced yet, we will have the full March Madness schedule listed towards the end of this article.

 

Watch Selection Sunday and Other March Madness Games with CBS All Access

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CBS All Access is the only live streaming service that will allow you to watch CBS online. While not everyone can watch in live-stream, 80% of the country does have live stream access. If you find you live in the 20% that doesn’t you can watch the games on-demand hours after they air live. CBS All Access also offers full seasons of older shows and an on-demand library of new episodes. A 7-day trial is available. Beyond that, pricing is $6 if you order the plan with commercials and $10 if you don’t. Keep in mind, beyond the March Madness Live App, which requires cable authentication, this is the only way to watch the CBS March Madness games online. Our CBS All Access review includes more details.

 

Watch Many of the March Madness Channels on DIRECTV NOW

DIRECTV NOW offers the ability to watch truTV online. Of course, with DIRECTV NOW you can also watch TBS and TNT. These channels are available in the “Live a Little” package that’s available for $35/month. This package also includes AMC, Syfy, Disney, Discovery, and ESPN. HBO is available for an additional $5. You can watch DIRECTV NOW on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, mobile devices, and more. The 7-day trial will give you a way to watch TBS online free. Any questions about the DIRECTV NOW channel lineup or pricing can be answered in our full review.

 

Sling TV Offers Most March Madness Channels for $20/Month

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The only channel you won’t get with Sling TV is CBS. You will get to watch TNT online and all the other channels, though. Even better, the package you need, Sling TV Orange is just $20/month after the 7-day free trial. You can watch on most devices, streaming and mobile, and you get as many as 30 other great channels. You can even add bundle packages for a small additional fee, if you want to watch other channels. There’s more to learn in our Sling TV review.

 

PlayStation Vue also Offers Access to March Madness Channels

PlayStation Vue has packages starting at $30 and those also include a 7-day trial. You can watch TBS, TNT, truTV, AMC, and many other channels. ESPN is also available. PS Vue works on iPod/iPad, PS3/PS4, Roku, Chromecast, and other devices. Unfortunately, you can’t watch Vue away from home, which puts a real damper on mobile usage. Here is our PS Vue review.

 

March Madness Schedule

*all games are TBA unless the team names are listed with the times.

Thursday, March 16

 

Teams: Michigan vs Oklahoma St.
Time: 12:15 p.m. ET
Channel: CBS
Live stream: All Access (free 7-day trial available)

Teams: Baylor vs New Mexico State
Time: 12:40 p.m. ET
Channel: truTV
Live stream: DIRECTV NOW (free 7-day trial available)

Teams: Arkansas vs Seton Hall
Time: 1:30 p.m. ET
Channel: TNT
Live stream: DIRECTV NOW (free 7-day trial available)

Teams: Oregon vs Iona
Time: 2 p.m. ET
Channel: TBS
Live stream: DIRECTV NOW (free 7-day trial available)

Teams: Louisville vs Jacksonville St
Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
Channel: CBS
Live stream: All Access (free 7-day trial available)

Teams: SMU vs USC
Time: 3:10 p.m. ET
Channel: truTV
Live stream: DIRECTV NOW (free 7-day trial available)

Teams: UNC vs Texas Southern
Time: 4:00 p.m. ET
Channel: TNT
Live stream: DIRECTV NOW (free 7-day trial available)

Teams: Creighton vs Rhode Island
Time: 4:30 p.m. ET
Channel: TBS
Live stream: DIRECTV NOW (free 7-day trial available)

Teams: Kansas vs UC Davis
Time: 6:50 p.m. ET
Channel: TNT
Live stream: DIRECTV NOW (free 7-day trial available)

Teams: Dayton vs Wichita St.
Time: 7:10 p.m. ET
Channel: CBS
Live stream: All Access (free 7-day trial available)

Teams: Duke vs Troy
Time: 7:20 p.m. ET
Channel: TBS
Live stream: DIRECTV NOW (free 7-day trial available)

Teams: Cincinnati vs Kansas St.
Time: 7:27 p.m. ET
Channel: truTV
Live stream: DIRECTV NOW (free 7-day trial available)

Teams: Miami vs Michigan St.
Time: 9:20 p.m. ET
Channel: TNT
Live stream: DIRECTV NOW (free 7-day trial available)

Teams: Kentucky vs N. Kentucky
Time: 9:40 p.m. ET
Channel: CBS
Live stream: All Access (free 7-day trial available)

Teams: South Carolina vs Marquette
Time: 9:50 p.m. ET
Channel: TBS
Live stream: DIRECTV NOW (free 7-day trial available)

Teams: UCLA vs Kent St.
Time: 9:57 p.m. ET
Channel: truTV
Live stream: DIRECTV NOW (free 7-day trial available)

Saturday March 18 (Second Round)

12:00 p.m. – CBS

2:30 p.m. – CBS

5:00 p.m. – CBS

6:00 p.m. – TNT

7:00 p.m. – TBS

7:30 p.m. – CBS

8:30 p.m. – TNT

9:30 p.m. – TBS

Sunday March 19

12:00 p.m. – CBS

2:30 p.m. – CBS

5:00 p.m. – CBS

6:00 p.m. – TNT

7:00 p.m. – TBS

7:30 p.m. – truTV

8:30 p.m. – TNT

9:30 p.m. – TBS

Thursday March 23 (Sweet Sixteen)

Time TBA – CBS or TBS

Time TBA – CBS or TBS

Friday March 24

Time TBA – CBS or TBS

Time TBA – CBS or TBS

Saturday March 25 (Elite Eight)

Time TBA – CBS or TBS

Time TBA – CBS or TBS

Sunday March 26

Time TBA – CBS or TBS

Time TBA – CBS or TBS

Saturday April 1 (Final Four)

Time TBA – CBS

Monday April 3 (Championship)

Time TBA – CBS

If you have any other questions about where or how to watch March Madness online, feel free to leave your questions in the comments.

Ashtyn Evans

Ashtyn Evans

Ashtyn Evans is a screenwriter and freelance writer from the Midwest. She owns nearly a thousand films on Amazon and holds streaming subscriptions to everything from HBO and Hulu to Showtime and Starz. Email her at ashtynevans@streamingobserver.com.
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