Digital options for viewing games during 2018 NCAA March Madness!

3/12/2018

This blog is a little out of the norm for us, but the first round of the NCAA National Tournament begins tomorrow night…with the championship game scheduled April 2! Have you created your strategy to watch while you are away from home? If not, read on!

I found the following article on USA TODAY, written by Mike Snider (Twitter: @MikeSnider) that agrees that if you are a fan, you are going to watch the games from everywhere that you can using whatever device is available to you at the time!

While CBS and Turner channels will be showing all games (and you can use your pay-TV credentials to watch online), you have some options to choose a monthly streaming service using your Roku, Apple TV, Roku, etc. if necessary. All of these options have free trials that will get you started and allow you to transition for a month at a time…which will cover the March Madness fever!

Here’s a breakdown from the options available from the article:

  • Hulu. Hulu’s Live TV service ($39.99 monthly after the free seven-day trial) has 141 CBS affiliates covering nearly 80% of the USA and all the Turner channels. You can use your Hulu username and password at access March Madness Live. A March Madness hub will keep you updated on news and highlights.
  • PlayStation Vue. Sony’s TV offering starts at $39.99 monthly after the free five-day trial. It has CBS for 78% of the USA and the Turner channels — and you can use the PS Vue app to watch while on the go or to log into March Madness Live. If you watch on a PlayStation 4, you can use a multiview feature to watch three channels at the same time.
  • DirecTV Now. The AT&T-owned service has CBS channels in 43 markets — check directvnow.com for coverage — and TBS, TNT and truTV channels in its lowest-priced package, which is $35 per month after free seven-day trial. A special offer gets you the first three months of service for $10 a month if you use code YESNOW3.
  • YouTube TV. Available in more than 90 markets, YouTube TV, at $35 monthly after a free seven-day trial, has CBS live channels on board in all but Jackson, Miss. (Check YouTubeTV.com for locations.)
  • Sling TV. Sling TV has the Turner channels but not CBS. You could use an antenna to get CBS — check the AntennaWeb.org site for more information — or subscribe to CBS All Access. TBS and TNT appear in both the Sling Orange package, which is $20 monthly after the free seven-day trial, and Sling Blue packages, at $25 monthly after a free seven-day trial. Sling Blue has truTV.
  • FuboTV.The onetime soccer-focused service fuboTV has more than 60 channels, including CBS across 67% of U.S. homes — but not TBS, TNT or truTV. Check fubo.tv for CBS coverage. After a free seven-day trial, it is $19.99 for the first month, then $44.99 monthly.

Good luck in your watching…and your brackets…GO BUTLER!

Margaret
Margaret.Teague@lrs.com