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Watch NCAA March Madness Live Streams Free without Cable

The 83rd NCAA March Madness basketball tournament is here. Get ready to gear up for one of the most exciting games in the year? You may want to know how to watch March Madness free without cable. In this article, you will learn ways to free watch March Madness 2022 and save money on your cable bill.

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Part 1 What Channels will March Madness be on 2022?

The tournament starts with Selection Sunday on March 13, and games will be aired across four networks: CBS, TBS, TNT, and truTV. The First Four matches will be aired on TBS and truTV, the first and second rounds are shared by CBS, TNT, TBS, and truTV and the second weekend of the play will be broadcast on TBS and CBS. The Final Four and national championship will be aired exclusively on TBS. Below is the more detailed 2022 March Madness schedule and TV channels.



TV Channels

Streaming Services

Selection Sunday

March 13


YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, Paramount+

First Four

March 15 - 16

TBS and truTV

Sling TV, DIRECTV STREAM, YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV

Round 1

March 17 - 18


Sling TV, DIRECTV STREAM, YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, Paramount+

Round 2

March 19 -20


Sling TV, DIRECTV STREAM, YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, Paramount+

Sweet 16

March 24 - 25


Sling TV, DIRECTV STREAM, YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, Paramount+

Elite Eight

March 26 - 27


Sling TV, DIRECTV STREAM, YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, Paramount+

Final Four

April 2 


Sling TV, DIRECTV STREAM, YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV

National championship

April 4 


Sling TV, DIRECTV STREAM, YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV

Note: The 2022 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament starts from March 13 to April 3. You can watch all NCAA Women's Tournament games will be broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU. You may also be interested in NCAA football games here.

Part 2 How to Watch March Madness Free without Cable?

Where can you stream 2022 NCAA Basketball Tournament without paying cable TV? There are many live TV streaming services that will give you part of full access to the NCAA March Madness TV channels. Below we list the best services that cord-cutters can use to watch NCAA March Madness live games online without cable.

  • Sling TV
  • YouTube TV
  • Hulu Live
  • Paramount+
  • NCAA March Madness Live

Sling TV

Sling TV is the cheapest way to watch 2022 NCAA Basketball Tournament live streaming without cable. You can get the Sling Orange or Blue at $35 a month for 30 and 45 live TV channels, respectively. The main difference is that Orange carries ESPN, and Blue carries Fox Sports 1 (FS1). Both plans include TBS, TNT, and TruTV, but CBS is missing from the Sling TV channel list. You can stream 2022 March Madness live online on iOS, Android, Amazon Fire, Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, etc. There is a 3-day free trial provided.


DirectTV Stream has four plans ranging from $69.99/month to $149.99/month. The cheapest Entertainment package includes 65+ channels, containing TBS, TNT, and TruTV. If you also want to watch NCAA March Madness online from CBS, you need to upgrade to the ULTIMATE PACKAGE at $104.99/month. Unlimited DVR space is offered with each plan so you will never miss a single highlight from 2022 NCAA Basketball Tournament. DirectTV Stream offers a 5-day free trial with its service.

YouTube TV

YouTube TV, $64.99 a month, is not the cheapest option to watch NCAA tournament March Madness without cable. But with YouTube TV, you can watch games from over 85 channels, including TNT, TBS, TruTV, CBS, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU. That means you can watch the entire NCAA Basketball Championship on YouTube TV. You are also allowed to record unlimited games with the unlimited DVR space, rewind, fast forward, and pause if you want. Try the free trial for 7 days.

Hulu + Live TV

Hulu with Live TV lets you stream 2022 March Madness live online from CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV without cable. As a service owned by Disney, you can get the standalone service for $68.99/month or bundle with Disney + and ESPN+, which gives Hulu an extra bonus. With only 50 hours of cloud DVR, it’s not the best choice to record many of the tournament games. You can watch March Madness games on iPhone, Android, Roku, Apple TV, and more. But there is no free trial available to let you try out.


Paramount can be used together with Sling TV to watch the entire NCAA Basketball Tournament, as it provides live streaming access to CBS sports and a full live broadcast of your local CBS station. The premium plan costs $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year. That means you only need to pay $45 for Paramount + and Sling TV, cheaper than other services on the list, to watch all the games from 2022 NCAA March Madness without cable. Moreover, Paramount + offers a 7-day free trial.

NCAA March Madness Live app

The NCAA has an official app named NCAA March Madness Live to help cord-cutters stream 2022 NCAA Basketball Championship all tournament games on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TVs, and Roku. While all games will be live streaming for free with the NCAA March Madness Live app, it requires a TV provider. Namely, you need to enter your log-in info for a streaming service that offers the relevant channels. 

Part 3 How to Watch 2022 NCAA Basketball Tournament for Free [without Cable]?

Is it possible to watch March Madness 2022 free without cable? The free trials of various streaming services offer a good option. Specifically, YouTube TV and Paramount + provide a 7-day free trial, DirectTV Stream has a 5-day free trial, Sling TV offers a 3-day free trial, while Hulu with Live TV doesn't have any kind of free trial. Based on these options, here we have a scheduled plan to help you stream NCAA March Madness full games 2023 for free.

  1. On March 13, sign for a 7-day free trial to YouTube, it supports all games on CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV.
  2. On March 20, sign for a 7-day free trial to Paramount+ Premium, then you can watch NCAA March Madness games on CBS.
  3. On March 26, sign a 5-day free trial to DirectTV Stream to watch the Elite Eight on CBS and TBS.
  4. On April 2, sign up for a 3-day free trial to Sling TV to live stream the Final Four and National championship on TBS.

Note: In most cases, you will be required to enter your credit card number for a free trial. That means you may get charged after the free trial period expires. Remember to cancel free trials before they end.

Part 4 How to Watch March Madness on Mobiles or TVs?

Don't worry if you want to watch NCAA Basketball Tournament on iPhone, iPad, Android mobiles, TVs, etc. The above Sling TV, Hulu With Live TV, DirecTV Stream, YouTube TV, and Paramount+ work with different platforms. You can download the apps for iOS, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV +, Apple TV, Chromecast, etc. to freely watch the 2022 Mard Madness basketball games on different devices. For mobiles, NCAA also provides the NCAA March Madness Live to offer the full games of 2023 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship Live.

Part 5 How to Get Tickets to March Madness 2022?

The 2022 men's NCAA tournament for March Madness will take place in multiple venues of different cities across the United States. For example, the First Four will be played at UD Arena in Dyton, Ohio, while the Final Four will be held at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans. Fans who want to watch the 2022 Match Madness games in person can now book a ticket on Ticketmaster. It allows you to select your favorite seat if it's still available. You can also go to the resale sites like Vivid Seats.


author - Kaley Torres

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Kaley Torres is a self-motivated, creative editor with eight years of marketing and SEO experience, specializing in writing on DVD, video, audio, images, new digital contents etc. With a partiality DVD collection, Kaley also enjoys digitizing DVD and is keen to share her DVD video conversion solutions as well as video sharing tips on social media.

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