The 2019 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship is a 68-team single-elimination tournament consisting of 67 games over a 19-day period. This "March Madness" begins with Selection Sunday on March 17, and all games will air live on one or more of the following networks: CBS, TBS, truTV, and TNT. (See full schedule at the end of this article.)
If you're hoping to watch March Madness on your Roku device or Roku TV, there's good news and bad news. The good news is that you can catch all the action live if you subscribe to certain pay TV services. The bad news is that you'll be limited in what you can watch if you don't have a pay TV subscription. Here are your options:
CBS All Access
All games except the First Four will be streamed live on CBS All Access, so this will likely be the first choice for hoops fans who don't already subscribe to a qualifying pay TV service. The cost is just $5.99/month with commercials or $9.99/month commercial-free after a free 1 week trial and you can cancel at any time. Your CBS All Access subscription can also be used on multiple devices, not just on Roku, so you can catch the live games even when you're away from your TV. Click here for more information on CBS All Access!
March Madness Live Roku Channel
The NCAA March Madness Live Roku channel will stream every non-CBS game live, but this option will likely be of little interest to anyone want to watch the Final Four and Championship matches. NCAA March Madness Live will provide a 3-hour free preview, but after your 3 hours of viewing are up you will need to activate the channel through a participating pay TV service to continue watching live games. Participating cable/satellite providers include AT&T Uverse, Cox, DirecTV, Dish, Verizon FiOS, and Xfinity, along with dozens of local and regional providers. You can also activate NCAA March Madness Live if you subscribe to certain streaming TV services, including DIRECTV NOW, Hulu with Live TV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV. For a full list of participating pay TV services, visit www.ncaa.com/activate/roku
OTT Streaming TV Services
If you can already watch CBS through an over-the-air antenna or you're a CBS All Access subscriber but want to watch the First Four, which is available only on Tru TV, you'll want to try out Sling TV. Sling Blue ($25/month, or $15/month with new customer offer) gives you access to games on TruTV as well as TBS and TNT, so you won't miss the opening round play-in games on March 19.
If you can't get CBS through an OTA antenna and don't want to subscribe to CBS All Access, then you'll need an over-the-top (OTT) streaming TV service that includes CBS. These services include fuboTV, Hulu with Live TV, DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, and PlayStation Vue. All offer free trials.
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