How to Watch the NCAA Basketball Championship Without Cable

Apr 04, 2016

Tonight's championship game between North Carolina and Villanova starts at 9:19 p.m. ET on TBS (pregame coverage starts at 7 p.m.). Even if you've already cut the cable cord or never subscribed to a pay TV package, you can still watch the game without stealing your parents' cable log-in.

As we said in advance of the weekend's Final Four games, the easiest way to stream the big game is via SlingTV, a $20-per-month service that lets you watch TV live on over 20 channels, including ESPN, A&E, Disney, and, most importantly for tonight, TBS. If you didn't use your seven-day free trial yet, that's a great way to watch.

You can watch SlingTV on a computer, tablet, or smartphone—or on an actual TV via Roku, Chromecast, or another streaming service. (Another great deal noted by Cut Cable Today? A free Roku 2, or 50% off Roku 3, if you pre-pay for three months of Sling.) Another option is to stream the game via PlayStation Vue, a $29.99 service that includes TBS, which also offers a seven-day free trial.

If you do have a cable log-in (we won't ask how you got it), you can stream the game on the NCAA's website. Even without a pay TV account log-in, you can watch for free for three hours before the website locks you out.

Finally, the March Madness Live App will also host the game live, but you can only access it (through a smartphone or tablet) with a cable log-in.

If you'd rather catch up all of your favorite TV shows tonight than watch 19-year-olds dribble a ball around for two hours, here's how to watch them without paying for cable.

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