How to watch March Madness for free


The first day of Spring (Mar 20, 2017) is a few days away and that means one of the greatest sports seasons of the year has arrived! Coming up over the next few months we’ll get to witness greatness at the: 

  • NCAA Basketball Tournament (Mar 14, 2017 – Apr 3, 2017)
  • MLB Opening Day (Apr 2, 2017)
  • The Masters Golf Tournament (Apr 3, 2017 – Apr 9, 2017)
  • Davis Cup Quarterfinals (Apr 3, 2017)
  • NBA Playoffs (Apr 15, 2017 – Jun 18, 2017)
  • French Grand Slam (May 25, 2017 – Jun 5, 2017)
  • U.S. Open (Jun 15, 2017 – Jun 18, 2017)

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How you can watch March Madness for free

If you have access to the internet, you can stream the NCAA Basketball Tournament games for free by visiting the NCAA’s website. As long as the game airs on CBS, you won’t even need a cable subscription to watch.

You can also watch all CBS-aired games for free on Android and iOS devices — just download the app for your device (Android | iOS). CBS is airing 24 of the games — including the Final Four and Championship game. 

If you have a cable package:

1. After you visit the NCAA’s Tournament site, hit the link over to the right to activate a popup.

How to watch March Madness

2. Once the popup appears, select your provider (the most popular appear first — if you have a different provider, select ‘View All TV Providers’.

How to watch March Madness

3. A new tab or window should appear for you to login to your cable account — you’ll then see the popup change.

How to watch March Madness


4. Once the system authenticates your credentials:

How to watch March Madness

5. Click ‘Watch Now’ and enjoy the entirety of March Madness from any device. (Note: you may need to re-authenticate on each new device you use.)

If you do not have a cable package: 

Don’t fret, Turner (TBS, TNT, TruTV) is partnering with CBS to broadcast all the games. The company is providing a 3-hour viewing window to all devices — for free.

Once your ‘free trial’ expires, you should be allowed to continue watching the tournament by accessing the website or app on a different device or going into ‘Private Browsing Mode’ or opening a ‘New Incognito Window.’ The authentication is based on device-specific or session-specific cookies instead of third-party cookies or IP-specific authentication — which means each new device = new free trial! (Kind of like using a new email address for a new free trial period to access a subscription-based website.)

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