March Madness: where to watch the 2014 NCAA Tournament live online

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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:

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