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How to Watch The Sweet 16 Online without Cable

By March 23, 2017 No Comments

Watch the Sweet 16 Online

Dates: March 23rd and 24th
Channels: TBS and CBS
Live stream: DIRECTV NOW for TBS games (free 7-day trial), CBS All Access (free 7-day trial) for CBS games

It’s been an exciting NCAA Tournament so far, but the action is really starting to heat up as we move into the Sweet 16. The second round left us with only the creme of the crop, so to speak, who will now move on to try their best to proceed to the Elite 8. If you’re wondering how to watch the Sweet 16 online, you’ve found the right guide!

The 2017 Sweet 16 will take place on Thursday, March 23rd and Friday, March 24th, mostly in the evenings. Coverage of the Sweet 16 stream will be split between CBS and TBS, with each network hosting two games per day. But here’s the good news: you don’t need cable to get the Sweet 16 live stream! In fact, it’s now easier than ever to watch Sweet Sixteen online, using one of the services discussed below.


Watch the Sweet 16 Online with DIRECTV NOW (for TBS Games)

DIRECTV NOW is a full-scale cable replacement, offering upwards of 60 channels to its subscribers – channels that can be watched live, any time, anywhere (as long as you have an internet connection). Sound good? You can even try it out for free for 7 days – and no contract is required!

DIRECTV NOW’s basic package is $35 per month, and offers 60+ channels. TBS streaming is included, which means access to half of the Sweet 16 game live streams (and much more NCAA Tournament coverage down the road). TNT and truTV are also included, which is great for the rest of March Madness. You’ll also get ESPN, AMC, HGTV, FOX News, CNN and a whole lot more. Check the DIRECTV NOW channel list for details.

When you use DIRECTV NOW, you will need to use some kind of streaming device – like an Apple TV or a Chromecast, hooked up to your TV. Or, you can also watch on your computer or laptop, and even on your smartphone! Our DIRECTV NOW review has the details.

Ready to test things out? Click here to try a FREE 7-day trial of DIRECTV NOW!


Get the Sweet 16 Live Stream with CBS All Access (for CBS Games)

CBS All Access will be your best bet for the Sweet Sixteen live stream, for games that air on CBS. This service is offered by CBS itself, and offers the only easy way to watch CBS online. Amazingly, it’s only $5.99 per month, with no contract required.

When you use CBS All Access, you’ll be able to watch the CBS live stream – which also means the Sweet 16 live stream, for 50% of the games! This service, paired with DIRECTV NOW, is a complete solution to your Sweet 16 streaming needs. Plus, you’ll also get on-demand access to THOUSANDS of hit CBS TV show episodes, and a whole lot more. CBS All Access can be used on most major devices, including computers, smartphones, and streaming devices. Check our CBS All Access review to learn more.

Right now, you can try a FREE 7-day trial of CBS All Access!


Sling TV Provides a Sweet 16 Streaming Alternative

The best combo to use is DIRECTV NOW + CBS All Access, but Sling TV can also provide an alternative to watch the Sweet 16 online. This service gives you access to TBS, which means access to half of the Sweet 16 game streams. Plus, 30+ other great channels are offered, all of which you can watch live.

Sling TV costs just $20 per month, with no contract required. It works on most devices from anywhere with internet. Check our Sling TV review to learn more.

Click here to try Sling TV FREE for 7 days!


So, to sum up, to watch the Sweet 16 online, you’ll want to use both DIRECTV NOW (free trial) and CBS All Access (free trial). Since both of these services are contract-free, you can sign up now for the free trials to get the Sweet 16 live stream free, and then decide if you want to keep the service(s) long-term. Up to you!

And as the NCAA Tournament continues, you’ll want to check out how to watch March Madness online in its entirety. Thanks for reading, and enjoy the tournament!

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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