March Madness is officially in full swing and there is plenty of intrigue in this year’s tournament to justify those hours in front of your screens. Will Villanova repeat? Will this finally be Gonzaga’s year? Or will an upset be looming from lower-ranked seeds like Seaton Hall and Rhode Island?
And while all the top seeds look strong in 2017, consider this: only once in the history of the NCAA tournament have all four No. 1 seeds reached the Final Four.
Ready to plan your viewing schedule? Here’s what you need to know:
This year’s NCAA tournament will be broadcast across four networks: TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV. If you love watching college basketball, but hate paying for cable, don’t sweat it. Two new services are ready to deliver all the action, with no contract and no commitment.
Sling TV offers three subscription levels: Orange, Blue and All. Sling Orange offers 25 channels for $20/month, but only two of those channels are showing the tournament: TBS and TNT. To get the games that are playing on TruTV, you need to upgrade to Sling Blue, which comes with 40 channels. Sling’s “a la carte” programming lets you select the rest of the channels you want, instead of paying for pre-set packages. And you can cancel anytime.
Sling TV covers you for the premium cable networks, but that still leaves out CBS. Unfortunately, none of Sling’s packages includes ABC, NBC or CBS.
So how can you watch March Madness on CBS? With CBS All Access. The new service, the first of its kind, is the only way to get full access to everything CBS has to offer. You can watch over 8,500 on-demand titles, get exclusive access to original series and stream live television, including NCAA basketball, anytime anywhere.
Both Sling TV and CBS All Access offer a one week free trial. You can stream content to your television via Amazon Firestick or Roku. Even better, both services let you watch on a smartphone or tablet. That means you can discreetly tune into the games from your desk at work, and your boss will never know — so long as you don’t cheer out loud.
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