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How to stream March Madness

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Phil West


Published Mar 18, 2021   Updated Apr 5, 2021, 7:29 pm CDT

Stream March Madness for one more matchup on Monday, with the NCAA men’s basketball final tipping at 9pm ET.

March Madness has been a little different in light of the pandemic—rather than action going coast-to-coast, all the games are in Indiana, with most in Indianapolis venues to minimize travel.

But it’s also been a blast so far, providing good Cinderella stories from the likes of Loyola Chicago (backed by the irrepressible Sister Jean), 15-seed Oral Roberts, and 12-seed Oregon State.

Saturday’s Final Four games included maybe the best college basketball game in years if not decades, with Gonzaga nailing a 3-pointer at the buzzer to put away 11-seed Cinderella UCLA—a one-time, longtime college basketball power.

Here’s the March Madness schedule for the Final Four. (Bookmark this page for schedule updates throughout the tournament.)

Final Four: NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

Saturday, April 3

  • (1) Baylor vs. (2) Houston, 5:14pm ET, CBS
  • (1) Gonzaga vs. (11) UCLA, 8:34pm ET, CBS

Monday, April 5

  • (1) Baylor vs. (1) Gonzaga, 9pm ET, CBS

How to stream March Madness: NCAA Tournament live streaming

First off, if you have Paramount+, the streaming service previously known as CBS All Access, you’re in luck for the Final Four, as CBS carries all three of those games. But the service will only cover you for CBS games; if you’re looking to watch games carried on TBS, TNT, and TruTV, you’ll want a streaming service that brings you those as well.

Here’s the rundown on what’s where.

Hulu Live TV

Hulu Live TV is a great way to stream live TV, as it comes with access to Hulu’s massive library of on-demand content. You’ll be able to choose from movies, shows, and Hulu’s original programming, and keep up with what’s new each month. Hulu plans even include a bundle option where you can access Disney+ and ESPN+ along with Hulu.

Hulu Live TV’s sports coverage includes the full suite of ESPN channels (including ESPN2, ESPNews, ESPNU, and ESPN College Extra), FS1 and FS2), NBSCN, the Olympic Channel, and the Big Ten Network. Hulu’s also got you covered for news and entertainment in its nearly 70-channel package. All four channels of tournament action stream with Hulu Live TV.

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Hulu Live TV $64.99
Hulu Live TV
(no ads on
Hulu content)


FuboTV started as a streaming service geared toward sports fans. It’s since evolved into a broadly-appealing option with entertainment and news options alongside its robust sports choices. It starts at $59.99 a month, and depending on the package, you can access as many as 180+ FuboTV channels. Fubo can entertain you with Bravo, IFC, MTV, and VH1 at even Fubo’s most basic tier.

The Fubo channel list still includes plenty of sports, including the Fubo Sports Network, which has original programming mixing sports and humor. Fubo added the ESPN suite of channels in an agreement that also brought ABC and the Disney Channel. Pretty much every sports channel you could think of is available through Fubo, including BeIN Sports, CBS Sports Network, and TUDN. To get the most sports, consider adding the Sports Plus with NFL RedZone add-on at $10.99 a month to a robust Fubo Elite package. You’ll find the CBS games on Fubo.

Fubo TV packages
Family with Showtime$74.99 ($69.99 for first 3 mos.)

Sling TV

If you’re looking for a streamlined, cost-effective streaming package, check out Sling TV. It offers two basic cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, each of which costs $30 per month. There’s also the third option of getting Sling Orange + Blue for just $45 per month. You’ll get more Sling TV channels by choosing Sling Blue, with its 40 channels including sports favorites like FS1 and NBCSN and cable mainstays like Food Network and Discovery Channel. But Sling Orange brings must-haves Disney Channel and ESPN as part of its package.

There’s also a Sports Extras option for Orange + Blue subscribers, with MLB Network, NBA TV, and NHL Network part of the plan. There’s also a Sports Extra add-on for the Sling Blue package, and another one for the Sling Orange package.

Pair Sling with AirTV, and you’ll be able to add CBS to the other channels on the service.

Sling TV
Orange + Blue$50


If you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs, you might consider AT&T TV Now to cover streaming for you. AT&T TV Now channels start with Plus and Max, which even include HBO. Then, AT&T plans expand from there, approaching cable selection and pricing with AT&T TV Now’s biggest packages. AT&T streaming also comes with Cloud DVR, letting you record up to 20 hours of TV per month.

At its most basic Plus tier, you can find sports staples like ESPN, ESPN2, and FS1. Considering that AT&TV TV Now plans include the loaded Ultimate and Premier tiers, as well as the Spanish-language Optimo Mas package, you can find whatever sports channel you’re seeking in at least one of the AT&T TV Now plans. If you’re looking to stream March Madness, AT&T TV Now will get you all four channels you need.

at&t TV Now
Optimo Mas$86

YouTube TV

The YouTube TV channel list includes local channels and plenty to keep kids (and kids at heart) occupied, including Disney Channel and its companion channels, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network—all in one easy-to-access package. It even comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. YouTube add-ons include HBO Max, Showtime, and Starz. YouTube TV packages have some advantages over their competitors, including a generous DVR and multiple screens package. From one account, each user can create an individual profile to track favorite shows.

It’s a great option for college basketball fans, covering you for streaming the NCAA Tournament, and it’s great in general for sports fans. It comes with ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, FS2, and NBCSN at the ready. Deeper sports cuts, like NBA TV, MLB Network, CBS Sports Network, and ESPNU are also part of the YouTube TV plan. For $10.99 more a month, upgrade to the Sports Plus plan to get NFL RedZone and six additional sports channels.

Youtube TV
1 Month$64.99
Sports Plus$10.99/mo.

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*First Published: Mar 18, 2021, 10:29 am CDT