College basketball league tournaments are winding down, and it’s almost time for every fan’s favorite mini-season: March Madness. The National Collegiate Athletics Association seems to be the most up-to-date sports league when it comes to providing multiple platforms for watching the games, and this year is no exception. Here are some ways you can stream March Madness on your iOS device or Apple TV.
How to watch
On your iOS device
There may be four broadcast partners for March Madness, but you only need a single app to stream the games: NCAA March Madness Live. You can watch games for up to three hours before needing to authenticate with a cable provider, but you can also view all of the CBS-aired games for free throughout the series, even without a pay-TV subscription. The iOS app will allow you to AirPlay video from your mobile device to your supported Apple TV, and it even supports the latest multitasking features for newer devices.
Through your Apple TV
If you have the latest generation of Cupertino’s set-top box, we previously told you about a special feature in NCAA March Madness Live’s Apple TV app that is exclusively for you. A new split-screen mode will allow you to view two games at once. Like the iOS app, you get three hours for free before you need to sign in with your cable television provider credentials.
From your wrist
Finally, if you have an Apple Watch, you can configure the NCAA March Madness Live app to send alerts for your favorite teams straight to your wrist. This is a great way to keep track of the scores even when you’re supposed to be working.
When to watch the Madness
Selection Sunday was yesterday, March 13, and the First Four play tomorrow and March 16. The fabled First Round will be played March 17 and 18, and the second round on March 19 and 20. Following that is the Sweet 16 on March 24 and 25, the Elite 8 on March 26 and 27, and the Final Four play April 2. The championship game will be played April 4.
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