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No matter who wins the 2019 NCAA National Championship, history will be made—and there will probably be rioting again in Lubbock. Neither Virginia nor Texas Tech has ever cut down the net in the Final Four, and both teams have battled plenty through adversity and weathered close calls to make it this far. You can expect a hard-fought, defensive game tonight when the two finally clash tonight.
Here’s everything you need to know to tune into the 2019 NCAA National Championship for free.
What time is the 2019 NCAA National Championship?
The final NCAA game featuring Virginia vs. Texas Tech takes place Monday, April 8, at 9:20pm ET.
What channel is the NCAA National Championship on?
The 2019 NCAA National Championship airs on CBS.
Virginia vs. Texas Tech live stream: How to watch the 2019 NCAA National Championship for free
To watch the 2019 NCAA National Championship, you’ll need access to CBS. Luckily, there are a handful of live TV streaming service options that come with a one-week free trial, so you can try out the service before committing. Depending on which service you choose, the availability of CBS in your area might vary.
The links below will offer a quick primer on which channels are included with each service, as well as the cost associated (after the free trial) and the devices you can use to stream.
- Cost: $5.99 per month for streaming with ads, $9.99 per month for the ad-free version (after a one-week free trial)
- Devices: Roku, Apple TV, Android and Android TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, select smart TVs, Xbox, PS4, and the CBS app.
CBS All Access is the network’s answer to Netflix or Hulu. With it, you’ll be able to live stream CBS and the 2019 NCAA National Championship. Plus, there are 10,000 episodes of CBS television to binge, including hit shows The Big Bang Theory, Big Brother, and NCIS. You’ll also be able to stream CBS All Access exclusives like Star Trek: Discovery and The Twilight Zone reboot.
- Cost: $44.95 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Hulu devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch, and iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Hulu with Live TV is one of the most popular ways to stream live TV because you gain access to a massive library of on-demand content including classic and current TV shows, movies, not to mention Hulu’s original programming. As far as live-streaming goes, you’ll have almost 60 channels to flip through, including HGTV, a full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, and even deep cuts like Nat Geo Wild and Syfy. Here’s the complete list of Hulu Live TV channels.
- Cost:$44.99-$79.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
If you have a PS4 and are into the idea of having your gaming and streaming needs met in the same place, PlayStation Vue is made for you. Still, you don’t need a console to enjoy this service. You can also use a Roku, Amazon Fire devices, and even Kodi. Plus, you’ll get awesome channels like AMC, BBC America, and Bravo in PlayStation Vue’s entry-level package. One subscription works with up to five devices, all with unlimited cloud DVR storage, which makes it one of the most binge-friendly solutions. (Here are all of PlayStation Vue channels.)
- Cost: $44.99 for your first month and $54.99 per month thereafter (after a 7-day free trial)
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS, the CW (in some markets) (check local availability here)
FuboTV was built with sports fans in mind, making it a solid choice for more than just the 2019 NCAA National Championship. There are different channel packages available whether you’re looking for basketball, soccer, golf, and even outdoor sports like rock climbing. But no worries, all the great cable channels you’re after are present too, including Viceland, Bravo, TBS, and IFC. Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.
5) YouTube TV
- Cost: $49.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- YouTube TV devices: Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One, iOS, and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
YouTube TV is a great solution for families because one subscription can add up to six accounts. Each account comes with unlimited cloud DVR. There are sports channels like NBCSN, NBA TV, and four ESPN channels. Disney, Disney XD, Disney Junior, and Cartoon Network will keep any kid (or kid at heart) busy for hours. It also comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. AMC, BBC America, and IFC are there too, so you won’t miss out on all that prestige TV. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)
- Cost: Free
- Devices: Most web browsers
If you’re lucky enough to live in New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Houston, Denver, Boston, or Dallas, the non-profit streaming service Locast will let you stream the 2019 NCAA National Championship. The only downside is you’ll be relegated to watching in a web browser, instead of a fancy flat-screen, unless you use Chromecast or a similar device.
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Jaime Carillo is a writer for Pure Nintendo and a plucky YouTube cook. He specializes in writing about console gaming and kitchen gadgets. It comes naturally, considering he's either wielding a massive cleaver or Switch Pro controller at any given point. When he's not cruising through a drive-thru at 2am, he's baking shokupan or whipping up a big pot of Japanese curry. He enjoys retro gaming, geopolitics, and Vic Berger videos.