Zion Williamson is back from injury and will lead his Duke Blue Devils to the tournament as the undisputed favorite. Other known forces are in the running again this year, including Duke rivals Virginia and North Carolina from ACC, Kentucky and Tennessee from SEC, Michigan and Michigan State from Big Ten and Gonzaga from the West Coast Conference. Potential Cinderella's to watch out for this year's dance (and in your bracketology) are Buffalo, Murray State and Wofford.
This year's tournament fixture will be revealed on. Games start on Tuesday March 19 with the first game-in games, but the madness does not really follow the first full day of the tournament Thursday, March 21, which should celebrate as a national holiday.
Before that happens, of course, there are 2019 conference championship tours, which gives a good preview of the big dance. If you are looking for ways to see these games live, check out the links below.
2019 NCAA Basketball Conference Championships
When are the March Madness games on?
With 68 invited teams, the NCCA contains four game-in games to get the field to 64, whereupon the math seems to have four regional tournaments of 16 teams each. The winners of the four regional tournaments then continue to the Final Four, this year held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 19-209015] 19-20-20: First four game-in-games
What channels are the games on?
Mars Madness games are shown on four channels: CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV. (Editor's note: CNET is a division of CBS.)
How can I watch for free?
Visit the NCAA's March Madness Live website or use its March Madness Live app and you'll be able to watch games for free. As with most things that are free, there is a catch.
To get full access to each game, you must log in with login details (username and password) from a pay-TV provider, usually your cable, satellite or live TV streaming service.
If you do not log in, you will be limited to just a 3 hour preview, after which you will need to log in to continue watching games on TBS, TNT and TruTV. Games at CBS, meanwhile, do not require pay-TV data so you can stream them all for free.
What are my other streaming options?
Cord cutters can use a live TV streaming service to watch March Madness. However, in order to view CBS's coverage, you must ensure that the service carries your local CBS station. Some streaming services carry all four channels of Mars Madness, but others will require you to mix and match services that can save money but can give a challenge when you frantically switch channels to capture a potential buzzer beater at the end of a close game .
Other Things to Know About Live TV Streaming Services:
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- You can watch any of them on TV as long as your smart TV has the service app. You can also watch your TV with a media streamer, including Roku, Fire TV, and Chromecast.
- You can also watch Android phones and tablets and
- You can register and cancel at any time, no contract required.
- Everyone offers free trial, so you can sign up to watch and then cancel.
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Streaming services with all four networks
DirecTV Now ($ 50)
DirecTV Now, the cheapest, plus package of $ 50 a month is CBS, TBS, TNT, and truTV. Click here to check the availability of local live channels in your area.
Mix-and-match March Madness option
AT & T WatchTV ($ 15 or free) + CBS All Access ($ 6) = $ 21 or $ 6
AT & T WatchTV is a relative newcomer to the streaming game. It offers a more limited number of channels compared to its competitors but is much cheaper. It costs $ 15 a month for most, but AT&T wireless customers on qualified plans can get it for free. Among the 35 channels, Watch TV offers TBS, TNT and truTV.
At the same time, CBS All Access carries live CBS stations in many parts of the country (check the location to see if you are covered) for $ 6 per month. Combine the two and you can watch all tournament games for about half the cost of a more complete streaming service above.
Sling Blue ($ 25) + CBS All Access ($ 6) = $ 31
None of Sling TV's plans offer CBS, but its $ 25 Sling Blue plan includes TBS, TNT and truTV. Connect it to CBS All Access to download games at CBS and you still pay less than a competing streaming service of $ 31 per month. Better than you can sign up for a discount: Sling Blue is currently $ 15 per month for the first three months for new subscribers, giving your Madness cost $ 21 for the tournament when linked to CBS All Access.
OTA antenna for CBS games = free
Another option to watch games at CBS is to use an antenna to get free, over-the-air TV. You can connect a digital antenna to the nearest any TV, and solid antennas start as little as $ 10.
Mars Madness in 4K
Subscribers to DirecTV's satellite service are for a treat this month. DirecTV will reportedly send march games from March 19-30 in both 4K and HDR. You can only watch a selection of games in 4K. The 4K broadcast plan is reported to be six days after the tournament from three sites:
- March 19-20: First four recording games from Dayton, Ohio
- March 22 and March 24: Round 1 and 2 from Tulsa, Oklahoma
- March 28 and 30: Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight from Anaheim, California
Originally published March 5.
Update, March 15 : Adds details of Zion Williamson's status and DirecTV's 4K broadcast schedule and price update.