How to Watch March Madness Online for Free

This guide was originally published in 2015 and has been updated since to 2020

[UPDATE: MARCH MADNESS IS CURRENTLY POSTPONED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS ]

Today I’ll show you how to watch March Madness 2020 Online.

Not sure what March Madness is all about? check out this page for more details.

March Madness is the NCAA tournament that this year runs from March 17th to April 6th with the selections starting on 15th March 2020.  If you like basketball then you don’t want to miss it.

There are a few cool ways to make the Most of March Madness this year too so make sure you make it through the guide to get the most out of it.

For Travelling Americans

If you ordinarily live in the USA and are travelling and have a pay TV subscription already you can simply use a VPN service and download the NCAA March Madness App for your phone or tablet.

For Everybody Else

The best way is to simply go to the NCAA March Madness site here —>NCAA.com/March-Madness-Live/watch

Find the game you want from the schedule click Watch Live and just stream it.

 

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You do need to appear to be in the USA though or you will be greeted by this ugly screen.

 

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Every VPN Provider has servers in the USA so there won’t be any problem getting around this little hiccup. A selection of the ones we have reviewed are below but there are more over on the VPN Providers page.

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Not 100% of games are streamed live without registration being required but all games broadcast by CBS will stream in full without any registration.  For a full schedule and results check out this handy chart on ESPN.

Can I stream March Madness 2020 free?

Yes. At least some of it. Sadly not as much as you would probably like.

All CBS games are available for free directly on the CBS website. So if you are outside the USA you can simply switch your VPN or Proxy on and be away with it. For completeness CBS will have 21 games this tournament — including the Elite 8, Sweet 16 and first and second rounds

The other games are not available for free. But if you take advantage of a VPN and free trials to some of the streaming services then actually with a few minutes work you could watch most if not all of the March Madness 2020 competition.

Which channels are showing March Madness 2020?

March Madness 2020 can be watched on TBS, TruTV CBS and TNT.

If you want to use the March Madness Live app, you need to use your cable or streaming subscription to authenticate. Only YouTube TV and Hulu can be used to authenticate the March Madness Live app.

If you do not have cable, you can still stream the entire NCAA Tournament TV schedule. TBS, TNT and TruTV are available on streaming providers YouTube TV, Sling, Hulu, AT&T TV Now and Fubo.

Depending on the market, CBS games will also be available via the major streaming platforms. Alternatively, you can stream those games using the CBS All-Access app, which costs $5. Or you can buy an antenna for $15-20. CBS games can be streamed for free via March Madness Live, but only to desktop and mobile devices (i.e., not to television).

March Madness 2020 Streaming Schedule

2020 NCAA tournament schedule and locations:

Dates Round Watch City, STATE Host(s) Facility
March 15 Selection Sunday 6 p.m. ET on CBS N/A CBS will broadcast the Selection Show at 6 p.m. ET N/A
March 17-18 First Four March Madness Live Dayton, OH University of Dayton UD Arena
March 19/21 1st/2nd Rounds March Madness Live Albany, NY Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Times Union Center
March 19/21 1st/2nd Rounds March Madness Live Spokane, WA University of Idaho Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
March 19/21 1st/2nd Rounds March Madness Live St. Louis, MO Missouri Valley Conference Enterprise Center
March 19/21 1st/2nd Rounds March Madness Live Tampa, FL University of South Florida Amalie Arena
March 20/22 1st/2nd Rounds March Madness Live Greensboro, NC Atlantic Coast Conference Greensboro Coliseum
March 20/22 1st/2nd Rounds March Madness Live Omaha, NE Creighton University CenturyLink Center Omaha
March 20/22 1st/2nd Rounds March Madness Live Sacramento, CA Sacramento State University Golden 1 Center
March 20/22 1st/2nd Rounds March Madness Live Cleveland, OH Mid-American Conference/Cleveland State Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse
March 26/28 Midwest Regional March Madness Live Indianapolis, IN Horizon League/IUPUI Lucas Oil Stadium
March 26/28 West Regional March Madness Live Los Angeles, CA Pepperdine University STAPLES Center
March 27/29 South Regional March Madness Live Houston, TX University of Houston Toyota Center
March 27/29 East Regional March Madness Live New York, NY St. John’s University/Big East Conference Madison Square Garden
April 4/6 Final Four and title game TBSMarch Madness Live Atlanta, GA Georgia Institute of Technology Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Heres a good summary of the channels the games feature on in the USA

  1. Selection: CBS
  2. First Four: TruTV
  3. First Round: CBS, TBS, TNT or TruTV
  4. Second Round: CBS, TBS, TNT or TruTV
  5. Sweet 16: CBS or TBS
  6. Elite Eight: CBS or TBS
  7. Final Four: TBS
  8. National Championship Game: TBS

How To Stream march Madness 2020 in Europe

ESPNPlayer is the go to place in Europe for March Madness 2020 streaming. Every single game will be shown. There are iOS apps and android apps too. But Apple TV is only available via airplay. You can get a one month pass for £9.99. However, if you just want to watch the last week of the tournament then you can get a 7 day free trial. See here and if you couple this with a VPN to watch the games via CBS (all 21 f them up to the elite 8, then you can pretty much stream the whole March Madness 2020 competition for free.

How to Stream March Madness 2020 in Canada

All games are being shown on TSN.ca and you can get a one month pass for $19.99 CAD

How to stream March Madness in the USA

The USA has sadly elected to fragment all its networks so streaming is not saving people the money it promised to. But here is a brief sample of the packages available to stream some or all of March Madness 2020 in the USA

Fubo TV (all except True TV)

Youtube TV

Hulu TV with Live

Sling TV — guide to sign up

Most of these offer free trials.

How to Stream March Madness 2020 anywhere else

Outside the USA, ESPN holds the rights so all legal avenues to watch March Madness will require a subscription to ESPN. Thankfully ESPNs prices outside of the USA are very reasonable and even two months is going to set you back less then £20… Its a shame there is no native Apple TV app and even more of a shame the 4 shame madness is only available via the March Madness live app with a cable tv subscription

COOL NEW FEATURES FOR 2020

The android march madness app now allows you to see two games side by side! and if you have Apple TV and a US cable subscription you can watch four games! Bonus.

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