March Madness 2016 Live Streaming: How to Watch Online for Free

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There are plenty of ways to catch all the March Madness action this year, even without a TV. (Getty)

Looking to watch the NCAA tournament online or your phone, tablet or connected TV? There are a handful of options, depending on which game you’re interested in watching and what devices you have. Here’s a rundown of what’s available. You can also check out this NCAA press release, which explains some of the additional features available this year.


Live Streams of Games on CBS

On the Web:

Broadcasting rights for the tournament are split up between CBS and Turner (TNT, TBS, TruTV.) Games broadcasted on CBS are the easiest to watch because they’re available for free, with no cable log-in required, via March Madness Live.

Accessing a live stream of a game broadcast by CBS is simple: Simply click here to access March Madness Live. The service is free, and you don’t need a cable log-in to watch it.

With an App:

You can download the March Madness Live app for your phone or tablet in the following places:

Download the March Madness Live app in the App Store.

Download the March Madness Live app in the Windows Store.

Download the March Madness Live app in the Google Play store.

Download the March Madness Live app from Amazon.

On a Connected TV

The March Madness Live app is also available for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku.


Live Streams of Games on TNT, TBS & TruTV

The streaming process for games on the Turner networks is a bit more complicated, but you can still do it with or without cable. Here’s how:

If You’re in the United States & You Don’t Have a Cable Log-in

If you’re in the United State and don’t have a cable log-in, you can watch tournament games on TNT, TBS and TruTV through Sling TV, an online streaming service that provides access to select channels for a monthly fee.

The service’s Best of Live TV package, which includes TBS and TNT and will include TruTV during the tournament, costs $20 a month. But if you want to watch a week’s worth of tournament games for free, you, can do so with Sling’s free 7-day trial.

Here’s how to sign up:

1. Click here to create a Sling account.

2. Select the Best of Live TV package.

3. Enter your billing information and create an account. Again: You will not be charged until after you’ve completed the free 7-day trial.

4. Download the Sling app on your computer.

With an App:

If you sign up for the free Sling trial, you can watch the tournament on the Sling app, which you can download for free in the App store or the Google Play store. There’s also a Sling app for Roku, Chromecast, Nexus player, ZTE and XBox One. Click here for a full list of compatible devices.

The service’s Best of Live TV package costs $20 a month. But if you’re looking for a way to watch a week’s worth of tournament games for free, you can do so with Sling’s free 7-day trial. Click here to sign up for Sling TV. . You’ll need to enter your credit card information when signing up, but if you cancel your subscription before the trial period ends, you will not be charged.

Here’s how to sign up:

1. Click here to create a Sling account.

2. Select the Best of Live TV package.

3. Enter your billing information and create an account. Again: You will not be charged until after you’ve completed the free 7-day trial.

4. Download the Sling app in the App store or the Google Play store.


If You Have a Cable Log-in With Access to TNT, TBS & TruTV

If you have a cable subscription that includes TBS, TNT and TruTV, you can watch games on those networks through March Madness Live. click here to access March Madness Live. The service is free, and you don’t need a cable log-in to watch it.

With an App:

You can download the March Madness Live app for your phone or tablet in the following places:

Download the March Madness Live app in the App Store.

Download the March Madness Live app in the Windows Store.

Download the March Madness Live app in the Google Play store.

Download the March Madness Live app from Amazon.

On a Connected TV

The March Madness Live app is also available for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Roku.


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