March Madness is once again streaming each and every game live online. However, this time around, viewing live streams will require a cable subscription – unless the game airs on CBS. Confused? Then check out our guide.


March Madness is here: The 2013 NCAA Men’s Division tournament will start on March 17 with Selection Sunday, and then continue with a total of 67 action-packed games until April 8.

Unfortunately, quite a few of these games are once again going to unfold when many of us have to work at the office. Fortunately, you won’t have to miss a thing, thanks to live streams of each and every game — if you’re a cable subscriber, that is.

For the first time, March Madness is going to require authentication for any game that’s shown on cable. This means that you’ll have to log in with your cable TV subscription account if the game you want to watch is airing on TBS, TNT or truTV. Games that are available on CBS will still be available without logging in.

Confused? Can’t find your cable subscription details in time before the action starts? No worries: The NCAA’s website and apps are going to offer everyone a four hour grace period in which you can start watching without bothering about logging in.

Here’s where you can start watching on your PC, iPad, iPhone or Android mobile device:

  • The NCAA’s website streams each and every game live, no matter whether it airs on cable or CBS.
  • The NCAA’s iOS app, now available on iTunes, offers live streaming for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
  • The NCAA also promises to have an Android app for devices with Android 4.0 and up available in time, but it wasn’t on Google Play at the time of writing. Check the NCAA’s website for the latest links for your device.

We will update this article with additional links and resources throughout the tournament, so make sure to check back regularly.

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  1. Mark Richards Sunday, March 17, 2013

    Please be on the lookout for the Android app update. I just uploaded it to Google Play. Enjoy!

    1. Mr. Richards,
      Is this Android 4.0+ compatible as promised? It shows as unavailable for my Galaxy Nexus. Thanks.

  2. sherrisiegel Sunday, March 17, 2013

    Thank you! We recently cut off our satellite and I had no idea what I was going to do! I missed out on the ACC tournament (my team lost anyway:-() Thank so much for posting this! Now I can sleep much better at night :-) And…..I just saw the Android app! Happy girl
    :-) with it on my IPOD, phone and laptop!!!!

    1. It says above that you’ll have to log in with your cable provider info. so I wouldn’t celebrate this change. In prior years you just paid a flat fee and watched games, even without having cable.

  3. Barbara Johnston Sunday, March 17, 2013

    I am not a cable subscriber, does that mean I am prohibited from watching March Madness! Last year we could pay a fee and watch these games,. Why not this year? I am not going to pay Cox their exorbitant fee for all their cable channels just for access to the March Madness games. What is my alternative?

  4. Need to know how to watch with no cable either, I’ll pay I don’t care just need to what site is offering it— don’t have cable TV!!!!!!

  5. Jeffry Gagnon Monday, March 18, 2013

    Monday, March 18 2013

    Don’t have cable TV. Watched the whole tournament online last year for a single fee. Isn’t this available for 2013?

  6. I’m in the same boat–rural location with DSL, but can’t buy cable even if I wanted to.

  7. I didn’t see anything about paying a single fee to watch all games, but games broadcast by CBS are free for everyone. This website has the schedule of free games and lots of other free sports: http://www.bitwhich.com

  8. Too bad for us in the rest of the world that, for some synthetic reason, none of the mentioned services extend outside the states…

  9. That sucks! I live in Canada and I don’t have a US cable subscription!

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