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March Madness 2024: How To Stream The Men’s and Women’s NCAA Tournaments

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March means March Madness, and CBS Sports and Turner Sports are broadcasting all of the games in 2024. Here is an overview of the live TV channels and streaming services that you’ll need access to, if you want to watch all of the men’s and women’s NCAA action as it unfolds.

Before getting into the various streaming options, it is worth pointing out that many men’s March Madness games are available to watch live on CBS. For those that have (or can get) access to their local over-the-air CBS station (using an antenna), they will be able to watch those games without paying for a live TV plan or streaming subscription.

The same is also true with the women’s March Madness games that are due to be shown live on ABC. For those with access to their local over-the-air ABC station, these games will be available to stream for free.

Men’s March Madness channel / service schedule

The men’s March Madness tournament begins with Selection Sunday on March 17. The action then gets underway on March 19 with the First Four round and concludes with the Championship Game on April 8.

RoundDateHow to watch
Selection SundayMarch 17CBS, Paramount+
First FourMarch 19-20truTV
First roundMarch 21-22CBS, TBS, TNT, truTV
Second roundMarch 23-24CBS, TBS, TNT, truTV
Sweet 16March 28-29CBS, TBS
Elite EightMarch 30-31CBS, TBS
Final FourApril 6TBS
Championship GameApril 8TBS

Women’s March Madness channel / service schedule

The women’s March Madness tournament begins with Selection Sunday on March 17. The action then begins on March 20 with the First Four round and finishes up with the Championship Game on April 7.

Selection SundayMarch 17ESPN
First FourMarch 20-21ESPN2, ESPNU
First roundMarch 22-23ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, ESPNU
Second roundMarch 24-25ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU
Sweet 16March 29-30ESPN, ESPN2
Elite EightMarch 31-April 1ESPN
Final FourApril 5ESPN, ESPNU, ESPN+
Championship GameApril 7ABC, ESPN+

March Madness on Paramount+ (Men’s)

With many March Madness games available to watch on CBS, this also means those same games can be streamed live with a Paramount+ subscription. While Paramount+ offers two main plans to choose from, the Paramount+ with Showtime plan is the only one that includes access to a subscriber’s local CBS station.

As a result, watching March Madness on CBS through Paramount+ will cost $11.99 a month. Paramount+ does offer a free trial to all new subscribers, so it is possible to watch some or all of the tournament for free.

Paramount+ Live TV$5.99/$11.99 per month
Live channels
On-demand library
3 Streams
7 Days Free

March Madness on Max (Men’s)

There have been a number of changes in the world of streaming over the past year, with one of the biggest being the introduction of a sports tier to Max. While the B/R Sports Add-On costs an additional $9.99 a month, it is currently included for free with all Max plans.

Unlike Paramount+, Max won’t be a complete solution for March Madness, as the B/R Sports Add-On only unlocks access to games shown on TBS, TNT and truTV. Still, those already with a Max subscription will get access to a number of games at no additional cost.

If new to Max, plans start at $9.99 a month. This is an ad-supported plan, with the ad-free tiers costing either $15.99 or $19.99 a month, depending on other factors including the number of simultaneous streams and 4K support. As March Madness games are shown live, ads will be shown regardless of the plan chosen.

Max app HBO Hub$9.99-$19.99 a month
Discovery shows
Live sports
Sign Up

March Madness on ESPN+ (Women’s)

All of the women’s March Madness games are being shown on ABC and the family of ESPN channels. While ESPN+ is the streaming home of ESPN, only the Final Four games and Championship Game will be available to stream with an ESPN+ subscription.

March Madness live TV plans (Men’s)

While a subscription to Max and Paramount+ will provide streaming access to pretty much every men’s game, so will a live TV plan that includes access to CBS, TBS, TNT, and truTV.

The cheapest way to get access to all of these channels is YouTube TV. While the base YouTube TV plan costs $72.99 a month, new subscribers can currently sign up at $62.99 a month for the first three months.

YouTube TV
YouTube TV live guide listings$73 a month
100+ channels
3 streams
Unlimited DVR
$62.99/mo for 3 months

For comparison, here is a rundown of all of the live TV services, their cost per month, and the March Madness relevant channels they include.

DirecTV Stream$79.99
Hulu Live TV$76.99
Sling TV$30*
YouTube TV$62.99*
*1st month

March Madness live TV plans (Women’s)

Unlike the men’s tournament, the women’s tournament more heavily relies on a live TV package, with games due to be shown on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews and ESPNU.

As all of the games are available to watch live on either ABC or ESPN, Sling TV is going to be the cheapest live TV solution. While Sling offers two main base plans to choose from, neither one works as a complete solution – Sling Blue is the only plan with ABC and Sling Orange is the only plan with ESPN. As a result, subscribers will need to consider signing up to the combined Orange & Blue plan, priced at $60 a month.

While new subscribers can currently save 50% on the first month, taking the cost down to $30, it is worth pointing out that Sling currently only offers ABC in a handful of locations in the United States.

Sling Orange
Sling TV new app
32 channels
1 stream
50 hours DVR
50% Off Your First Month

For those that don’t live in an area where Sling currently provides access to ABC, here are the other live TV plans and packages that offer access to women’s March Madness channels and games.

DirecTV Stream$79.99$$
Hulu Live TV$76.99
Sling TV$30*✔**$$
YouTube TV$62.99*
*1st month, **select areas, $requires higher plan/add-on
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By John Finn

John Finn is the Founder and Editor of Streaming Better, a platform created in 2019 to help consumers navigate the complicated live TV streaming and subscription service market.

John has been covering technology for various online publications since 2014. After originally covering the wider tech industry as a writer and editor, John now spends his time focusing on the emerging video-streaming market, including live TV streaming, SVOD, AVOD, FAST, and TVOD services.

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