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Get your brackets ready: The 2014 NCAA Men’s Division tournament will officially start on Tuesday March 18, and continue all the way to the National Championship game on April 7. A number of those games will be on TV when many of us are at the office, but no worries: Once again, all of the action will be live streamed on the web and on mobile devices.
However, there is a twist: Only the 22 games that air on CBS, which includes the National Championship, Elite 8, Sweet 16 and second and third rounds, will be available to everyone online. Games that are shown on TNT, TBS and truTV will require authentication, meaning that you’ll have to log in with the username and password you use for your cable company’s website. This year, authentication will also be required for the two semifinal games.
Most major TV providers, including Comcast, Charter, Cox, Dish, DirecTV and Time Warner Cable are participating, but some regional providers, including Google Fiber, are not on board, which means that their customers are out of luck for games requiring authentication. Users who can’t find their login details in time will get a bit of a break; there’s a four-hour grace period that allows them to access a live stream before they’ll have to authenticate.
Here’s where to start streaming:
- The NCAA website will stream all 67 games, no matter whether they require authentication or not. Users have to log in with their cable credentials for the games that come from TBS & Co., but can start watching immediately without any hold-up for any CBS game. Live streams are also available on CBSSports.com and Bleacherreort.com.
- The NCAA’s iOS app, now available on iTunes, offers live streaming for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch.
- The NCAA’s Android app brings live streaming of March Madness games to phones and tablets with Android version 4.0 and up.
- A special Kindle version of the app brings the same streams to Amazon’s Kindle Fire.
- The NCAA’s Windows app streams all games to Windows 8 phones and Windows 8.1 tablets and PCs.
- Audio live streams of the 67 games will be available through the TuneIn apps for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry, courtesy of WestWood One Sports.