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Where to Watch March Madness

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Your bracket’s done and you’ve handed in your requisite $10 to the guy running the office pool. Now it’s time to set your online presence to “busy,” fire up the browser and kill the rest of your day watching the March Madness NCAA basketball tourney (while your IT crew prays the network stays up). and Joost are both streaming the whole shebang for free.

The CBS Player works pretty well, although it makes you stand in a virtual line (and reminds you how much closer you’d be to the action had you signed up for VIP access). The line moves quickly though, and once you’re in, you can hop from game to game. The video quality isn’t the best, and it stutters, but hey, it’s free, and I’m supposed to be working anyway.


Speaking of not working — there’s also Joost.

Joost wasn’t working when I tried it, which I did multiple times. Joost’s VP of engineering already warned us that the company expects it to break (mission accomplished!). If you have it installed, you can check, but if you don’t, I’d suggest sticking with CBS.


If neither of these options float your boat, then build your own. The NCAA launched a Developer Platform, offering different logos and code you can place on your page to link directly to the player window or even to a specific game. Or, create your own “Shining Moment” once the highlights are up, with the CBSSports mashup tool.

10 Responses to “Where to Watch March Madness”

  1. The quick and easy way to find March Madness live is, of course, through (some more shameless self-promotion).

    I tried to sign up for the VIP Club many times and it kept saying something like “unable at this time.”

    Why am I not surprised that Joost is having problems? My 3 year old PC can’t handle it. Perhaps the RSSLiveTV model will prevail – simply a guide that points to all of the many and various media in the many and various players and formats.

  2. There’s also the Slingbox… No fighting for access (well maybe with your spouse) and you’re not limited to a PC – stream to a phone as well. Which is what I’ll be doing today while “supervising” the movers.

    So far, I’m semi-respectable12-4 in the brackets but my crazy picks including a Notre Dame v Miami championship game are yet to come (hey, my sports roots are 80s college football ).

    -DZ, Sling Media

  3. The Loss of Service ( LoS ) is a known problem on Joosts end , Joost’s operationss people told me today and they are working around the clock to fix it .

    I have 2 PCs running Joost Live and early on the stream was great but later in the day I suppose as more viewers got online the service started to fail .

    I’ll update tomorow if it gets better or not.