Stream March Madness 2019 Without Cable
Streaming March Madness has never been easier in 2019.
You don’t even need to be a cord cutting expert to avoid using Comcast, Spectrum or any other cable or satellite providers. You can live stream TNT, TBS, TruTV and CBS – all the networks carrying March Madness games.
Top Pick: Hulu with Live TV for streaming March Madness 2019
My top pick for streaming March Madness 2019 is Hulu with Live TV.
I ended up picking Hulu because it has the best coverage nationally for CBS, and best features for the price.
Hulu’s Live TV package has 60+ live channels, including all the networks you need to live stream March Madness games. Hulu has more local CBS stations than any other live TV service. You can also use your Hulu with Live TV account to activate the March Madness app.
Subscribers get 50 hours of Cloud DVR and access to Hulu’s on-demand library. Yep, that’s the same library that people pay $5.99 per month for.
Get a free 7-day trial of Hulu with Live TV and see what you think.
Runner up: fuboTV for watching March Madness 2019 without cable
My runner-up pick for streaming March Madness is fuboTV because it has all the networks you’ll need. And even if you miss a game, fuboTV has “look back”, an on-demand feature that recordings of all sports that aired in the last 72 hours.
The “look back” feature is unique to fuboTV and works great. A fuboTV subscription comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR to record whatever you want. You can look at fuboTV’s channel lineup or get a free 7-day trial. There are no contracts, or hidden fees. Watch March Madness on a Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, PC or smart phone. A subscription costs $44.99 per month.
Don’t want to use fuboTV?
There are other options to watch March Madness games without cable, including a way to watch games on CBS for free. I’ll outline those options below.
When does March Madness begin?
March Madness runs from March 19 until April 8th.
The single-elimination tournament holds 67 games over a period of 19 days. There are 68 teams that participate. The NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament has been played annually since 1939.
The Final Four National Championship games happen between April 6 and 8.
How to Activate the March Madness app in 2019
In the last few years, viewers have used the March Madness app to watch games. You will need a pay-TV sign-in to activate the March Madness app. But subscribers to DirecTV Now, Hulu with Live TV, PlayStation Vue and YouTube TV can activate the March Madness app as well.
Watch March Madness games for free using a TV antenna
CBS is the only broadcast station that will air March Madness games in 2019. But just getting that channel is still a big deal because you’ll see some big games during the first and second rounds on CBS. And all regional games are scheduled to air on CBS, too.
If you live near any large city, there’s a really good chance that you can get a number of HD channels (including CBS) for free. You just need to connect a TV antenna to the coax port in the rear of your TV and scan for over-the-air channels under settings.
Sling TV: Watch March Madness Online
The cheapest route to live streaming all 67 games of March Madness is using the Sling TV’s Blue channel bundle for $25 per month.
The Sling Blue plan lets you live stream March Madness games on TBS, TNT and truTV. A Sling Blue subscription gets you 47 channels, including Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, IFC, A&E and Comedy Central.
Sling TV has no deal with CBS. So you may just want to get a reliable antenna like the ClearStream Eclipse.
Aside from my antenna review you can look over my guide: How to Choose the Best TV antenna & DVR for more tips on choosing a TV antenna. Sling TV is supported by pretty much every streaming device, including Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Chromecast. Sling TV offers 50 hours of Cloud DVR for an extra $5 per month.
Get a free trial with Sling TV for a week. Cancel it online if you don’t like the service. Unlike cable, there’s no contract or obscure fees attached to the service.
YouTube TV: March Madness Live Stream without cable
YouTube TV is a reliable choice for live streaming March Madness games at home or on the go.
Google has been aggressive with adding local channels to its lineup. Subscribers get unlimited Cloud DVR included so you can watch a game on your own schedule if you can’t catch it live.
The 50+ channel lineup includes AMC, Cartoon Network, ESPN, FS1, FS2, Sundance TV and USA.
YouTube TV supports live streaming on Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast and all Xbox One models. Amazon Fire TV and the Amazon Fire Stick is not supported by YouTube TV. A subscription costs $40 per month.
You can use your YouTube account to sign in to the March Madness Live app. You can try out YouTube TV free for 7-days.
PlayStation Vue: Live Stream March Madness Multiscreen
PlayStation Vue has all the key networks to stream March Madness, including CBS for $44.99 per month. That includes TBS, TNT and truTV. Subscribers get unlimited Cloud DVR included in the subscription.
Animal Planet, BBC America, Discovery ID and National Geographic are in the entry-level channel lineup.
If you’re watching Vue on a PlayStation 4, then you can use the split screen option to watch up to three live channels on one screen.
You can also use your PS Vue to sign on to the March Madness Live app. PlayStation Vue supports Roku, Android TV, and Amazon Fire TV and mobile devices. PlayStation Vue offers a free 5-day trial.
DirecTV Now: Live Stream March Madness without cable
DirecTV Now gives you 47 channels for $50 per month. The service has apps on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV (4th generation), Chromecast and Chrome and Safari web browsers.
New customers can check out DirecTV Now with free 7-day trial.
Does CBS All Access have March Madness games?
Yes, CBS All Access has a live stream in about 200 markets across the U.S. You can subscribe to CBS All Access for $5.99 per month, and get a free 7-day trial to watch NCAA games that air on CBS. CBS All Access works with Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, iPhones and Android devices.
What’s the best way to stream March Madness without Cable?
There are a lot of choices to watch March Madness 2019 without a cable subscription. Personally, I wouldn’t rely too much on the March Madness app. This year’s app – sponsored by AT&T and Capital One – is brand new. But in years past, problems with March Madness app has been well chronicled on Reddit and other forums. So be warned. Here are my top three picks.
- Hulu with Live TV has all your networks for March Madness, and carries more local CBS stations than any other live TV streaming service. Hulu’s Live TV service has 60+ live channels for $44.99 per month. Subscribers can live stream NCAA games on the Hulu app or March Madness app. And you get access to Hulu’s on-demand library that people pay $5.99 per month for. Hulu with Live TV supports Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast and Xbox One Get a free 7-day trial of Hulu with Live TV.
- fuboTV is my runner-up pick because it has all the networks to watch March Madness, including CBS. And its unique “look back” feature lets you catch up on games that you missed. fuboTV costs $44.99 per month and comes with 30 hours of Cloud DVR. fuboTV has a solid mobile app, and works on Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV and Android TV devices. Get a free 7-day trial of fuboTV.
- Sling TV is the cheapest option around at $25 per month. Sling Blue gets you TNT, TBS and TruTV. But you’ll need another way to watch games on CBS. Try out Sling TV free for a week.
How are you going to watch March Madness in 2019 without cable? Tell fellow readers in the comments below.