March Madness is finally here! NCAA games kicked off on Thursday, and you can watch the action unfold over the next two weeks. But do you already know how you are watching the tournament? There are plenty of ways to do this, and we’ve got all the details right here, for those with a cord and cord-cutters alike. So keep reading: here’s everything you need to know about how to watch everything in March Madness, from the top four to the championship game.
Who is playing in NCAA March Madness 2023?
A total of 68 Division I varsity teams will play in the tournament. You can check the men’s groups here and the women’s groups here.
How do I watch NCAA March Madness 2023?
The men’s games will air on CBS, TBS, TNT or truTV. The women’s games will air on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews and ESPNU.
Can I stream March Madness on the NCAA website?
Yes, you can stream all tournaments on the NCAA March Madness Live site and app. But if you don’t have a TV provider (either cable or a streaming provider), you’ll only get a three-hour preview.
2023 NCAA Men’s Tournament Schedule:
First Four: March 14-15, 6:40 p.m. ET, on truTV
Round One: March 16 and 17 at 12:15 p.m. ET on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV
Round Two: March 18-19 at 12:10 p.m. ET on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV
Sweet 16: March 23 and 24 at 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS and TBS
Elite Eight: March 25 at 6:09 p.m. ET and March 26 at 2:20 p.m. ET on CBS and TBS
Final Four: April 1 at 6:09 p.m. ET on CBS
NCAA Championship Game: April 3 at 9:20 p.m. ET on CBS
2023 NCAA Women’s Tournament Schedule:
First Four: March 15-16, 6:40 pm ET on ESPNU and ESPN2
First Round: March 17 and 18
Second Round: March 19 and 20
Sweet 16: March 24 and 25 on ESPN
Elite Eight: March 26 and 27 on ESPN
Final Four: March 31 at 9:30 pm ET on ESPN
NCAA Championship Game: April 2 at 3 pm ET on ABC
How do I watch March Madness if I don’t have cable?
To watch games that are broadcast on CBS or ABC, you can use an antenna to watch them over the air through your local CBS or ABC affiliate. If you don’t feel like doing that, or if you want to watch all the other games as well, you’ll want to subscribe to a streaming TV provider. Here are some suggestions.
Watch March Madness on tv sling
One particularly cost-effective way to watch March Madness is through a Sling TV subscription. You’ll need Sling TV’s Orange and Blue plan, which gives you access to TBS, TNT, truTV, and ESPN. You won’t have access to CBS though, so you’ll need to find another way to watch those games. It usually costs $60 per month, but if you sign up now, you can pay just $30 for the first month.
If you want access to all of the March Madness games, regardless of where they’re broadcast, a Hulu plus Live TV subscription is a good option. It offers TBS, TNT, truTV, all of the ESPN channels, as well as your local CBS and ABC affiliates. It costs $70 a month, but that includes access to Disney+ and ESPN+, which makes it more attractive. Unfortunately, Hulu plus Live TV no longer offers free trials.
Watch March Madness on YouTube television
Another great option is YouTube TV, which starts at $65 a month. It also offers access to all March Madness channels. Plus, there’s a seven-day free trial for new subscribers so you can try it out and see if you like it before paying. You can cancel at any time.
Another option is DirecTV Stream, which offers all of the above channels. It starts at $75 per month, but if you want to get ESPNU and ESPNews, you’ll need to upgrade to the $100 per month package. Fortunately, there’s a five-day free trial for new subscribers if you want to try before you buy.
Watch March Madness on FuboTV
While fuboTV is generally recommended for streaming sports, it’s not the best option for watching March Madness, as it doesn’t offer TBS, TNT, or truTV. Their Pro plan, which starts at $75 a month, offers CBS and ESPN, but that’s about it. If you want to watch ESPNews and ESPNU, it will cost an additional $10, which brings it to $85 per month.
Watch March Madness on Paramount+
If you’re primarily interested in the NCAA Men’s Tournament and don’t mind watching every game, then a Paramount+ subscription is worth considering. Only CBS games will be available on this service. That being said, it is much more affordable than the other options. An ad-supported tier starts at $5 per month, while an ad-free Premium tier is priced at $10 per month. It also has a seven day free trial period for new subscribers.
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