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How to Watch The 2017 March Madness Without Paying For Cable TV


March is here again and that means spring is close and great basketball is here.

Once again in 2017 cord cutters will have full access to every March Madness game—something we could have only dreamed about a few years ago. So here is our full guide to watching March Madness.

Games Aired on CBS

Many of the best games are 100% over the air and online on CBS. The best option is an antenna whenever possible. To see if you can get CBS free over the air just head over to AntennaRecommendations.com, enter your address, and it will show you what type of antenna will give you CBS.

If you are one of the 10% of Americans who struggle to get CBS free over the air, we have good news. CBS streams college basketball games 100% free. Just head over to the CBS Sports website and click watch live next to the game being aired on CBS.

It also offers free streams on its March Madness apps on many players such as Roku, Fire TV, Android TV, and Apple TV. (Note: It only works for games aired on CBS.) Just search your app store for March Madness.

Games Aired on TNT, TBS, and TruTV

A few years ago the games on cable networks meant cord cutters had to go to a bar to watch them. Now you can catch them on every major live TV streaming service including Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and DIRECTV NOW.

So which one is right for you?

Least Expensive

Sling TV is the least expensive, starting at $20 a month for one stream or $25 a month for three streams at once. At that price you will get every channel covering March Madness and a ton more. (Many Sling TV subscribers can add on a DVR option.)

Streaming CBS

If you want a live TV service that also has CBS make sure to check out PlayStation Vue. It is the only live TV streaming service on the market today with CBS. It also offers CBS to well over half of its customers. (It also will offer a free DVR option.)

PlayStation Vue starts at $30 a month.

Data Caps

If you want to watch on an AT&T mobile device and are worried about a data cap, check out DIRECTV NOW. If you stream on DIRECTV NOW you can watch all you want without it counting against your data cap.

The best part is they all offer a free trial to allow you to test them out.

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  • Andrew Markham

    You failed to mention that PlayStation Vue just added multi-view on the PS4 application. I have local CBS on Vue and now will be able to watch 3 games at the same time.

    • Sundiata Bradshaw

      I forgot to turn on the PS4 this weekend and try it out. Have you tried it already? I’ve always avoided PS Vue and sports because it almost makes me dizzy and my eyes hurt, especially with ESPN and the scrolling bar. If it still sucks I’ll be going right back to Vue on my Fire TV.

    • We did cover that on the site already but will try to update this tomorrow to include that. http://cordcuttersnews.com/playstation-vue-adds-multi-channel-view/

  • Dwayne Cale

    SlingTV is not providing TRU TV to Orange subscribers.

  • therealdealishere

    I tried watching a cbs game on the march madness app with my roku today and it said that cbs games aren’t available on roku.