How to stream March Madness on any device, starting March 15
Watch the NCAA Tournament on iOS, Android, Windows, Roku, Fire TV, and even in split-screen on the new Apple TV.
March Madness is my favorite thing in sports—those first two rounds cramming 48 games into one weekend, the upsets, the excitement building as the rounds grind on, all the excuses to eat Buffalo wings. There’s nothing better. And this year it’ll stream to pretty much every device you can think of, too.
The NCAA Tournament starts March 15, and on Friday the NCAA released details on how to stream the whole enchilada on multiple platforms, including the Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV, iOS, Android, Windows, and Chromecast.
NCAA March Madness Live is accessible online at ncaa.com/marchmadness, bleacherreport.com, and cbssports.com. If you’d rather watch inside an app, you can grab a March Madness Live app for iOS, Android, Amazon Fire tablets and Fire TV, Windows 10, Roku, and the Apple TV.
The Apple TV app (for the fourth-gen model) even has a split-screen feature so you can watch two games side by side. The iPhone and iPad app supports AirPlay to send video to an older Apple TV, and all the mobile apps have Google Cast support for sending video to a Chromecast. There’s even an Apple Watch component that can send “excitement alerts” to your wrist when a game gets close, so you know it’s time to grab the nearest Buffalo wing and tune in.
What about cord cutters? Well, these are TV Everywhere apps, so while anyone can see the games broadcast on CBS, you’ll need a login from a cable or satellite TV provider to watch the games that are broadcast on truTV, TBS, and TNT. But there’s a three-hour grace period before you have to log in, and you can get audio streams of the radio broadcasts of all 67 games, courtesy of Westwood One.
Unfortunately, the Final Four on April 2 and the championship game on April 4 are both scheduled to be broadcast on TBS, the first time the final has ever been on cable. Sorry, cord cutters: If your team is still in it by then, well, you might have to find a bar or something.