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March Madness live streams: How to watch 2021 NCAA Tournament games for free without cable

The 2021 NCAA Tournament offers myriad choices for cable-cutters who want to experience March Madness without a TV.

CBS and Turner Sports stations — TNT, TBS and truTV — will carry the NCAA Tournament in 2021, but there are several site-specific and streaming-only sites that will carry the tournament as well. Many of them do not require a TV subscription.

Below is a complete breakdown of live streaming options for the 2021 NCAA Tournament:

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March Madness live streams 2021

The size and scope of the 2021 NCAA Tournament makes it impossible to carry on a single station or network.

For that reason, CBS and Turner Sports stations split coverage of the tournament, with CBS getting 24 games (including the Final Four and national championship) to Turner Sports’ 43. Turner Sports will broadcast the First Four games before it and CBS split coverage from the first round to the Elite Eight. CBS will carry the Final Four and national title game, part of a 2016 agreement in which the networks alternate broadcast rights for those rounds every year.

Below are the streaming options for March Madness in 2021:

How to watch the 2021 NCAA Tournament for free without cable

College basketball fans should have no problem watching the 2021 NCAA Tournament; they can watch it for free via NCAA March Madness live.

Streaming sites that carry all or part of the NCAA Tournament include Paramount+, fuboTV, Hulu Plus Live TV and YouTube TV, all of which offer free trials.

Can I watch the 2021 NCAA Tournament on YouTube TV?

Yes. YouTube TV includes both CBS and Turner Broadcasting System in its package, meaning the NCAA Tournament will be available on the site. YouTube TV offers a two-week free trial upon signup.

Can I watch the 2021 NCAA Tournament on Hulu?

Yes. Hulu Plus Live TV includes CBS and Turner Broadcasting System. Hulu’s live TV package comes with a one-week free trial upon signup.

Can I watch the 2021 NCAA Tournament on AT&T TV Now?

Yes. AT&T TV Now has Turner Broadcasting System and now includes CBS. It does not offer a free trial.

Can I watch the 2021 NCAA Tournament on fuboTV?

Partly. FuboTV includes CBS but has dropped Turner Broadcasting System from its listings. It offers a seven-day free trial upon signup.

Can I watch the 2021 NCAA Tournament on Sling TV?

Partly. Sling TV includes Turner Broadcasting System but does not include CBS in either of its base packages.



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