Where to Watch March Madness Online (2022)

March Madness streaming is easy to set up and use

March Madness airs on a combination of CBS and three different Turner cable stations. You'll be able to catch every single one of the 67 games if you have a Turner-heavy cable package, but the streaming picture is a little more complicated if you're a cord cutter.

Event Details

First Four: March 15-16

Final Four: April 2

National Championship: April 4

How to Live Stream March Madness Games

If you only want to catch a game or two here or there, you can watch at least some of March Madness on your local CBS station. If you want to watch everything, or at least have the option to, then you'll need to make sure you have access to CBS and three different Turner cable stations.

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To catch every March Madness game, you'll need access to the following streams:

  • CBS
  • TBS
  • TNT
  • truTV

CBS is available through Paramount+ (formerly CBS All Access), and you can get TBS, TNS, and truTV through cable replacement services like YouTube TV and SlingTV if you choose the right plan.

How to Live Stream March Madness on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV

Since March Madness games are split out between four different broadcasters, the streaming picture is pretty complicated. If you want to catch every March Madness game, you have to make sure that you also have access to CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV.

These channels are available through a variety of streaming services. Services that carry TBS, TNT and truTV do so regardless of your location, as long as you're located in the United States. Services that carry CBS, on the other hand, only make it available in specific markets.

Here are your options:

YouTube TV Yes Yes Yes Almost all markets
Hulu With Live TV Yes Yes Yes Most markets
DirecTV Now Yes Yes Yes Limited markets
Sling TV Yes Yes Yes No
fuboTV No No No Most markets

For most people, YouTube TV will represent the best option for streaming March Madness. It includes TBS, TNT and truTV, and it also offers CBS in the most markets. Most of the other options are also viable, but they are less likely to include your local CBS station.

The worst March Madness option, for most people, is fuboTV, since it doesn't include TBS, TNT or truTV.

CBS availability is based on your physical location. YouTube TV has the best coverage, but you'll need to check out each individual service to see if your area is included. If CBS isn't available where you live from any of these services, then your only option is to subscribe to Paramount+ in addition to a service like YouTube TV.

How to Stream March Madness on Paramount+

Paramount+ is a streaming service that includes live access to CBS in addition to on-demand access to the entire back library of CBS shows, including exclusives like Star Trek Discovery. Paramount+ also offers tons of original content, Paramount movies, streaming shows from channels like Nickelodeon and BET, and more.

If you aren't able to access CBS through any of the online streaming services due to your location, then Paramount+ is your only option.

There is a monthly fee for this service, but Paramount+ does offer a free 30-day trial. So if there's a specific game you absolutely can't miss, but you don't want to pay for a subscription, keep that in mind.

Here's how to stream March Madness on Paramount+:

You'll need to opt for the Paramount+ "Commercial Free" subscription option, as the ad-supported less-expensive option doesn't carry live local CBS stations.

  1. Navigate to the Paramount+ website, and select Try It FREE.

    Paramount+ website with Try It Free highlighted
  2. You'll see information about the streaming service. Select Continue.

    Paramount+ subscription information with Continue highlighted
  3. Select a plan and click Continue. (Choose from a $5.99 monthly plan with commercials and a $9.99 limited commercial plan.)

    Paramount+ plans with Continue highlighted
  4. Paramount+ will display account creation information. Click Continue.

    Paramount+ account information page with Continue highlighted
  5. Enter your personal information, create a password, and select Continue.

    Paramount+ account creation page with Continue highlighted
  6. You'll see a page with more information about payment. Select Continue.

    Paramount+ "1 Last Step" page with Continue highlighted
  7. Enter your billing information and any coupon codes or special offers, then select Start Paramount+.

    Billing information page with Start Paramount+ highlighted

    If you don't cancel your subscription before the trial period ends, Paramount+ will use your payment information to charge you.

  8. Return to Paramount+ whenever a March Madness game is live on CBS, and you'll have the option to watch it.

Live Stream March Madness on Your Phone, Tablet, or Streaming Device

If you want to watch March Madness on your mobile device, set-top box, or game console, here are the apps you'll need:

We're providing links for Paramount+ and YouTube TV because those are the best options for most people, but the other streaming services also offer mobile apps if you opt to go with one of them instead.

Using Ace Stream to Watch March Madness Streams for Free

If you aren't able to use any of the official sources that we have provided above, then Ace Stream is the next best option to stream March Madness games. Ace Stream is media player software that plays streams provided by other users, so you won't always get the best quality video, and it can be difficult to find a good stream. The trade-off is that it's free.

To stream March Madness games through Ace Stream, you first need to download and install the software.

Once you have installed Ace Stream, the final step is to locate a content ID for the game you want to stream. A content ID is like an address that the player uses to find the stream.

The easiest way to find a content ID is to use your favorite search engine. For instance, to find March Madness streams, you would search for:

March Madness Ace Stream content ID

Ace Stream content IDs are free. Do not pay anyone for a content ID, and be careful when visiting sites that offer content IDs. Don't click on any suspicious links or ads, and consider installing a good ad blocker.

Free Online Sports Websites to Stream March Madness Games

If you can't use the official options, and you aren't able to find any good Ace Stream content IDs, then the option of last resort is to use an unofficial site. These sites gather together links and videos of sports games, including March Madness. Quality varies greatly from one to the next, but they all tend to be filled with intrusive advertising. Before visiting these sites, you may want to install a good ad blocker plugin.

Here are some sites that usually include March Madness streams:

  • Stream2Watch
  • FromHot
  • Bosscast
  • Cricfree

For more information about these websites, check out our full guide to streaming free sports online.

Websites that feature unofficial sports streams, or provide links to these streams, are ad supported. These ads tend to be invasive, and often misleading, so avoid clicking anything. You should also install a good ad blocker before visiting any of these websites. Even then, be aware that ads can be cleverly disguised as system messages indicating you need to update your browser, Flash, or other components. Clicking these ads may open your computer up to malware.

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