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How to Watch March Madness Online without Cable: Live Stream Guide

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College basketball fans know that March Madness is the best time of the year, and offers one of the most exciting sporting seasons out of any sport. If you’re wondering how to access March Madness streaming this month, and you don’t have cable, this is the guide for you!

The good news is is that you will not need cable TV to stream March Madness games. There are now several ways to watch March Madness online without cable, easily and legally. So, you don’t need to pay a fortune for cable any more, just to watch live sports; we’ve got you covered. March Madness games will fall on a variety of networks, including TNT, TBS, TruTV, and CBS. Luckily, you can watch all of these NCAA Tournament networks without cable. See below for the best March Madness streaming options.


Enjoy a March Madness Live Stream with DIRECTV NOW


Currently, the best way for most folks to watch March Madness online without cable is to sign up for a service called DIRECTV NOW. This streaming service offers a premium lineup of channels, ranging from sports channels to comedy to drama to news to… well, with over 60+ channels in the base package alone, suffice it to say that there is a little bit of everything. Here’s how you can use DIRECTV NOW to stream March Madness games:

  1. Sign up for a free 7-day trial to test things out
  2. Choose from one of the packages available; the base package starts at $35 a month for 60+ channels
  3. You’ll get TNT, TBS, and TruTV streaming
  4. The company announced in August 2017 it was adding CBS in many markets as well
  5. These three channels will allow you to watch the majority of March Madness game live streams each week
  6. You’ll use DIRECTV NOW on your favorite devices, like your computer, smartphone, tablet, or streaming device
  7. Compatible streaming players include Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV and more
  8. DIRECTV NOW is no-contract, so you can cancel at any time

So, in essence, DIRECTV NOW will let you stream March Madness games online for the majority of the tournament, plus give you 60+ other channels, for $35 a month – with no contract. You can even use the free trial to watch March Madness online free for a week! Check our DIRECTV NOW review for more information.


Use Sling TV to Access March Madness Streaming without Cable

Another great option is to use Sling TV for your March Madness streaming needs. Sling TV is a popular internet streaming service, that does not require cable, and it’s a cheap way to watch NCAA Tournament online. It works like DIRECTV NOW, giving you access to tons of popular channels that you can watch live. It works on almost any device, and actually has better device compatibility than most competitors, because Sling TV has been around for over 2 years.

As for channel selection, Sling offers several packages from $20 per month. The base package, Sling Orange, is $20/month (with no contract) and offers 30+ channels, including TNT and TBS. Additionally, TruTV is also offered by Sling TV, but only in one of the larger packages. Combined, these three channels will be very valuable for streaming March Madness, and will offer direct access to most of the NCAA Tournament games throughout the tournament. Check our Sling TV review for the full channel list.

Sling TV also offers a number of great deals to sweeten the pot. If you sign up for several months in advance, you can get a free Roku streaming device (Sling is a great way to watch live TV on Roku). And if you’re a T-Mobile customer, you should qualify for an exclusive 30% discount on Sling TV. Last but not least, you can also try the service out with a free 7-day trial – no strings attached.


Stream March Madness Games on CBS All Access (for CBS-Hosted Games)

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During March Madness, a good amount of games will air on CBS. For these games, you can use a service called CBS All Access to watch them live. This service provides access to the CBS live stream, which also means access to the NCAA Tournament live stream.

CBS All Access (review here) is a unique service that provides access to thousands of episodes of on-demand content including CBS’ hit shows. It also offers live streaming of CBS itself in most markets around the U.S., which means most folks can use it to watch the March Madness game online. It works on most devices, and costs only $5.99 per month!

Click here to try a free 7-day trial of CBS All Access.


Watch March Madness Online with PlayStation Vue

PlayStation Vue is another service that will provide a good way to watch March Madness games online. It offers 45+ channels for $39.99 per month, with larger packages available. No contract is required, making the service very flexible and commitment-free to watch NCAA Tournament online.

TNT, TBS, and TruTV are all included. CBS local affiliates may also be included, but only in select cities. So, Vue will let you stream March Madness games live for nearly all the games of the tournament. See our PlayStation Vue review for details.

For more information on how to watch NCAA Tournament online, head over to our college basketball streaming guide. Also, when the tournament wraps up, you can find more relevant info in our Final Four live stream guide. And for the culmination of it all, don’t miss the NCAA Championship live stream!

Austin Meadows

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Austin Meadows is a cord-cutting reporter living in the rainy but beautiful Pacific North West. Disclosure: Streaming Observer is supported by readers. Articles may contain referral links. For more information, see the disclosure at the bottom of the page.

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