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It’s 2022 and March is yet again upon us. In addition to St. Paddy’s Day and the first day of spring, this means it’s time for one thing: the NCAA Division I Mens Basketball Tournament. The tournament also known, of course, as March Madness. But if you’ve cut the cord from cable, you might be wondering how to stream March Madness?

This blog post will cover everything you need to know, including the March Madness schedule, what networks to watch, and where to stream the March Madness tournament games. 

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March Madness Schedule

There’s some key dates to remember if you plan to watch March Madness. Selection Sunday will be on March 13th and the games begin on Tuesday, March 15th

  • Selection Sunday: March 13
  • First Four: March 15-16
  • First round: March 17-18
  • Second round: March 19-20
  • Sweet 16: March 24-25
  • Elite Eight: March 26-27
  • Final Four: April 2
  • NCAA championship game: April 4

March Madness Networks

There are a total of four TV networks you will need to have access to in 2022: CBS, truTV, TBS, and TNT. The portions of the tournament they are broadcasting are as follows:

CBS– Selection Sunday* (Sun. 3/13 6PM), First Round (Thurs. 3/17 Noon & Fri. 3/18 Noon), Second Round (Sat. 3/19 Noon & Sun. 3/20 Noon), Sweet 16 (Thurs. 3/24 7PM & Fri. 3/25 7PM), Elite Eight (Tues. 3/27 2PM) *Only on CBS

TBS– First Round (Thus. 3/17 Noon & Fr. 3/18 Noon), Second Round (Sat. 3/19 Noon & Sun. 3/20 Noon), Sweet 16 (Thus. 3/24 7PM & Fri. 3/25 7PM), Elite Eight* (Sat 3/26 6PM), Final Four* (Sat. 4/2 6PM), National Championship* (Mon. 4/4 9PM) *Only on TBS

truTV– First Four* (Tues. 3/15 6:30PM & Wed. 3/16 6:30PM), First Round (Thus. 3/17 Noon & Fri. 3/18 Noon), Second Round (Sat. 3/19 Noon & Sun. 3/20 Noon) *Only on truTV

TNT– First Round (Thus. 3/17 Noon & Fri. 3/18 Noon), Second Round (Sat. 3/19 Noon & Sun. 3/20 Noon)

Where to Stream March Madness

While technically there is a March Madness app that lets you stream the games in the tournament, you need a cable or television subscription to sign-in. This isn’t helpful for cord cutters without a cable subscription!

Thankfully, there are a few ways you can get CBS, truTV, TBS, and TNT without cable

You can get all four networks (including CBS) with the following live TV streaming services:

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DIRECTV Stream is the new way to stream live TV channels from AT&T. With their base package you get 65+ channels including CBS, TNT, truTV, and TBS. A very nice features is that you get unlimited cloud DVR storage with DIRECTV Stream plus they are offering a special discount for March Madness. Not only do you get a 5-day free trial, but you get $30 off your first three months. So instead of the usual $69.99, it is just $59.99/month. Sign up by clicking the button below.

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Hulu+Live TV: This will get you a regular Hulu subscription, Disney+, ESPN+ AND 75+ live TV channels, including everything you need for NCAA March Madness. You can watch on two devices at a time and record shows with 50 hrs of DVR space for $69.99/mo. For more on Hulu check out the review here or sign up by clicking on the button below. 

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YouTube TV: This gives you 85+ live channels, unlimited DVR, and all the channels you’ll need to watch March Madness. They are offering a discounted membership of $54.99 for the first three months and a free trial. Sign up by clicking the button below.

Now here is the CHEAPEST way to get all four channels. You’ll need one app for TNT, TBS, and truTV and a separate method to get CBS. 

To get TNT, TBS, & truTV:

Sling TV: This live TV streaming service offers up to 50 channels, depending on your plan with 50 hours of cloud DVR storage included. To get TNT, TBS, & truTV you will need either their “Blue” plan or their “Orange & Blue” plan. You can try out the Blue Plan for 3 days free before it goes to $35/mo. or the Orange and Blue Plan for 3 days free before it's $50/mo. To sign up click on the button below!

To get CBS:

The cheapest option to get the local channels, such as CBS, is to get an antenna. I recommend AntennasDirect for their excellent customer service, quality products, and tools to help you consider the signal strength in your region. You can check them out here or click on the button below.

You can also stream your local CBS affiliate with a Paramount+ Premium plan for $9.99 after a week-long free trial. For more on Paramount+, check out my review here or click on the button below to start a free trial. 

Which method are you using to watch March Madness? Let me know in the comment section below!

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