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How to Watch March Madness on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV

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Watch March Madness on iPhone

March Madness is underway at long last, and fans worldwide are tuning in for all the action. Luckily, this year is the first year that it will be super easy to watch March Madness without cable legally, even on your favorite mobile devices. Folks will be watching on all sorts of devices for the 2017 season, and the ultra-popular Apple devices are no exception. In this guide, we’ll go over how to watch March Madness on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac and other Apple devices. Let’s get started!

March Madness games will air on a number of channels, including TBS, TNT, TruTV, and CBS. The good news is that you can watch all of these networks without cable, and you can stream March Madness on your iPad and other Apple devices! Check out the recommendations below to get started.


Watch March Madness on iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV with DIRECTV NOW

How does DIRECTV NOW work

This month, DIRECTV NOW will be the best way to watch March Madness on Apple TV, and other Apple products. This service offers 60+ channels that you can watch live, without a cable TV subscription. It’s priced at only $35 per month, with no contract required! Here’s how you can use DIRECTV NOW to watch March Madness on Mac and other Apple devices:

  1. Sign up for a free 7-day trial of DIRECTV NOW
  2. Choose your package (the basic package of 60+ channels will be perfect)
  3. You’ll get 60+ channels for $35 per month
  4. Channels include TNT, TBS, and TruTV, three of the most important channels for March Madness
  5. Download the relevant apps to watch March Madness on Apple TV, iPhone and iPad. To stream March Madness on Mac, you don’t need to download anything, you’ll just use your web browser on your computer to watch.
  6. Enjoy a huge selection of additional channels, including HGTV, FOX News, CNN, AMC, ESPN, ESPN2 and many more!
  7. Cancel at any time – DIRECTV NOW is contract-free.

To learn more about the service, take a look at our DIRECTV NOW review. You can also start things off with a free 7-day trial!


Stream March Madness on iPad, Apple TV and iPhone with CBS All Access (for CBS-Hosted Games)

CBS All Access is a service that will be essential for watching the CBS-hosted March Madness games. The service is compatible with Apple products, so you can use it to watch March Madness on iPad and other Apple products. Do note that this service is ONLY useful for CBS-hosted games. We recommend using both DIRECTV NOW (for games on TBS, TNT and TruTV) and CBS All Access (for games on CBS) for your March Madness streaming needs.

Basically, CBS All Access will give you access to the CBS live stream in select markets. Since CBS will host several March Madness games, this service will be useful for the March Madness stream on iPhone and other Apple devices. Read our CBS All Access review for more info.

Note: if you have cable TV, you can also watch CBS-hosted games for free via the March Madness Live app. However, this is ONLY for CBS games, and only for cable subscribers.

Right now, this service is only $5.99 per month, with no contract required. You can also try it out for free with a free 7-day trial!


Use Sling TV to Watch March Madness on Apple TV, iPad, iPhone and Mac

cancel Sling TV

Sling TV is another popular streaming service that can be used as an alternative method to watch March Madness on iPhone and your other favorite devices. The service is quite similar to DIRECTV NOW, in that it offers a large bundle of TV channels over the internet, without a contract. Sling’s plans start at $20 per month, for 30+ channels.

Plans from Sling TV offer TBS, TNT and TruTV streaming, meaning that you can watch the majority of games during March Madness with it. Again, CBS is not offered (which is why we recommend using CBS All Access, as well). Read our Sling TV review to learn more.

Sling TV also offers a good deal on an Apple TV: Sign up and prepay for 3 months, and get 40% off an Apple TV. It’s not as generous as the DIRECTV NOW deal, but still a good way to get March Madness streaming on Apple TV while saving some money on the device.

Click here to try a free 7-day trial of Sling TV!


We hope you now feel prepared to watch March Madness on iPhone, Mac, iPod and even Apple TV! If you want more information, our full March Madness streaming guide goes into a bit more detail. Additionally, you can check out our college basketball streaming guide.

Austin Meadows

Author Austin Meadows

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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