NCAA Tournament - March Madness TV & Streaming Guide

Wed Mar 17, 2021 18:05:29PM
Court before the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament National Semifinals. By: Stepshep

The NCAA Tournament (March Madness) airs on several television stations, streams on several platforms, and lasts through early April. This guide includes the all the TV stations airing every game, as well as all the streaming options.

NCAA Tournament on TV

TV Channels: CBS, TBS, TNT, TruTV
These are the four channels that will be airing all the NCAA Tournament games, from the Round of 64 on to the finals.

CBS is a local channel, so you can get that channel for free if you have good reception from a digital antenna. Otherwise, every cable, satellite and internet TV provider includes CBS in their most basic package, together with all other local channel options.

For TBS, TNT and TruTV, you will need to have a cable package of some kind. Luckily several options exist like DirecTV's Select plan offers all 4 channels (100 channels total). Hulu's Live TV plan is a cord cutting option. Both plans give you all the channels airing every game, plus many more.

Streaming Options

CBS does offer a standalone streaming service, Paramount+. It's $5.99/month and typically includes a 7-day trial. Or you can get the commercial free option for $9.99/month.

You can also stream the entire tournament from the official NCAA.com website or from your mobile device with their app, if you have a TV provider plan. You just need to enter your cable provider's login and password info.

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