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Cordcutter’s Guide to NCAA 2018

The NCAA Tournament is here! The year’s biggest event in NCAA basketball starts tonight, with the first game tipping off at 6:40 pm ET.

TV Schedule Overview

Here’s a quick look at dates for each round, including which networks will be broadcasting. You can find the complete schedule here.

  • First Four – March 13-14, TruTV
  • First Round – March 15-16, CBS, TBS, TNT, and TruTV
  • Second Round – March 17-18, CBS and TBS
  • Sweet Sixteen – March 22-23, CBS and TBS
  • Elite Eight – March 24-25, TBS and CBS
  • Final Four – March 31 at 6pm and 8:30 pm ET on TBS
  • National Championship – April 2 at 9 pm ET on TBS

Watch CBS for Free with an Antenna

Although CBS isn’t broadcasting the Final Four or the Championship this year, there is still plenty of tournament action to catch over-the-air. Games in the First and Second Rounds, Sweet Sixteen, and the Elite Eight will all be available to watch for free on CBS. All you need is a Mohu over-the-air antenna! And you can always record games, skip commercials, or stream on-the-go by pairing your antenna with an OTA DVR.

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Stream March Madness

CBS and Turner Sports share the broadcast rights to the NCAA tournament, with Turner dividing its games across TNT, TBS, and TruTV. Luckily, you can receive these channels on one of many streaming services. Some services are only available in select markets, be sure to check if the service you’re signing up for is in your area!

Sling TV

With Sling’s Blue package, you can get access to TBS, TNT, and TruTV for $25 a month.

PlayStation Vue

PlayStation Vue’s Access package includes the Turner-owned stations for $39.99 per month.

DirecTV Now

You can watch the tournament games with DirecTV Now’s Live a Little option for $35 a month.

YouTube TV

One of the newer streaming services, YouTube TV is now priced at $40 per month and includes TBS, TNT, and TruTV.


For $39.99 a month, you can watch the Turner stations on Hulu with Live TV.

CBS All Access

CBS also has its own streaming service, CBS All Access. Available in certain markets, you can stream live TV on a variety of devices. CBS All Access starts at $5.99 per month but if you want the service without ads, it costs $9.99 per month.