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How to Watch March Madness on PC: Stream March Madness on Laptops & Desktops

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Watch March Madness on PC

March Madness is underway at last, and fans could not be more excited! It’s 2017, and what’s even more exciting about the NCAA Tournament this year is that it’s possible to watch March Madness on PC, even if you don’t have a cable subscription! Isn’t technology wonderful?

To stream March Madness on PC, there are now a couple of different options. For the most part, none of these options require a cable subscription. Instead, they make use of innovative new cable alternatives, known as online streaming services. Let’s dive right in and learn more (don’t worry, we won’t tell your boss you’re watching March Madness on your computer)!


Watch March Madness on PC with DIRECTV NOW

DIRECTV NOW is currently the best way to stream March Madness on laptops and desktops. This online streaming service actually works on tons of devices, and can also simply be run through an internet browser, like the one you’re using to read this article! Here’s how to use DIRECTV NOW to watch March Madness on PC:

  1. Sign up for a free 7 day trial of DIRECTV NOW
  2. Choose the basic package ($35/month, for 60+ channels)
  3. In this package, you’ll get TNT, TBS and TruTV
  4. These three channels will provide access to the majority of March Madness games
  5. You can now stream March Madness on PC, directly through your web browser!
  6. You’ll also enjoy other great channels including ESPN, AMC, HGTV, FOX News and much more
  7. DIRECTV NOW is non-contract, so no need to commit long-term.

For full details you can check out our DIRECTV NOW review. For now, know this: DIRECTV NOW is the best way to get March Madness streaming on PC, because it gives you access to the majority of games. It doesn’t offer the games on CBS, which leads to our next section.

Click here to try DIRECTV NOW free for 7 days.


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

Since March Madness spans four channels: TNT, TBS, TruTV, and CBS, and since DIRECTV NOW only covers 3 of the 4, you may want to also sign up for CBS All Access to gain access to those CBS-hosted games.

CBS All Access is a service brought to you by CBS itself. In most markets around the country, it offers CBS live streaming, which also means direct access to all CBS-hosted games during the NCAA Tournament. CBS All Access is $5.99 per month, with no contract, and offers a free 7-day trial. You can find out more in our CBS All Access review.


Use Sling TV to Watch March Madness on Laptop & PC

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DIRECTV NOW is our top recommendation, but a close second is Sling TV. This service also offers streaming of TBS, TNT and TruTV, which will allow you to get March Madness streaming on PC and laptop (as well as many other devices). Sling TV does require a program to be installed, instead of operating through the web browser like DIRECTV NOW does.

Sling TV is a bit cheaper, however, with plans starting at $20 per month. It’s non-contract, so no need to commit long-term. It offers a pretty great channel selection, with even the basic package including 30+ channels. Take a look at our Sling TV review to learn more.

Sling TV also offers a free 7 day trial for new customers.


(For Cable Subscribers) Watch March Madness Games on PC with March Madness Live

If you have a cable TV subscription, you can gain access to select March Madness games (only CBS-hosted ones) via the March Madness Live app, or desktop application. Note that this is ONLY for the CBS-hosted games, so it’s far from a complete solution. It also requires a cable login. Read more about this here.


We have a lot more information on how to watch March Madness online, so if you’re looking to watch on another device or through another method, check out our guide. You also may want to check out our college basketball streaming guide.

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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