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March Madness live stream 2024: Watch every game

From the First Four through the national championship, the 2024 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament will grace sports fans with 67 games of madness throughout the next three weeks. There’s no doubt this is one of the most anticipated events in all of sports–especially when it comes to the opening weekend–and you won’t want to miss a single second of action.

Every game of the tournament will be televised on either CBS, TBS, TNT or truTV. If you don’t have cable or you want to cut the cord and still be able to watch March Madness, there are a handful of different ways you can watch a live stream of all the games.

Is There a Free March Madness Live Stream?

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Though there isn’t a single streaming service that will get you the entire tournament for free, there are some different ways to watch certain selections of games at no cost.

Both YouTube TV (“Base Plan”) and DirecTV Stream (“Entertainment” package or above) include all of the channels you need to watch every tournament game–CBS, TNT, TBS and truTV. They also both come with a free five-day trial.

That means that, if you time it correctly, you can sign up for YouTube TV and watch all of the Round of 64 (Thursday, Friday) and Round of 32 (Saturday, Sunday) games and then cancel your subscription before paying anything. Then, the following week, you can sign up for DirecTV Stream and watch the Sweet 16 (Thursday, Friday) and Elite 8 (Saturday, Sunday) and then cancel before your free trial runs out.

That just leaves the following weekend’s Final Four and national championship games, which can all be watched on Max for $10 (more on that option below).

If there happens to be one single matchup that you really don’t want to miss, and you don’t care about watching anything else, you can watch one game for free via the March Madness Live app/website. While this option actually has every game, you need to sign in to a cable provider to watch them all. If you don’t have that, though, you get three unrestricted hours before needing to sign in, giving you enough time to watch a single game at no cost.

Other Ways to Watch March Madness Live Stream for Cheap

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If you don’t want to worry about the stress of free trials and timing when to sign up and cancel, the combination of Max (formerly HBO Max) and Paramount+ is the cheapest way to watch every single tournament game.

Max is just $10 per month and will have a live stream of every truTV, TBS and TNT game, while Paramount+ with SHOWTIME is $12 per month and will get you access to every CBS game. You’ll need to cycle between two apps, but the entire tournament for just $22 is quite the value.

For another relatively inexpensive option, you can go with Sling‘s “Sling Orange” plus “Entertainment Extra” bundle, which is on sale for just $21 for your first month. This includes truTV, TBS and TNT and 35 other channels. It doesn’t have CBS, so you’ll need to combine it with the aforementioned Paramount+ option for those games, but even with both of those combined, it’s still much cheaper than any other live-TV streaming service that has all four of those channels.

How to Watch March Madness Live Stream from Abroad

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If you want to access one of those streaming services from outside of the United States, a virtual private network (VPN) can hide your IP address and get you around any location-restrictions that stand in your way.

NordVPN is our recommendation. It doesn’t limit bandwidth speeds, it has over 2,000 servers in the United States and it has a dedicated Chrome extension, all things that make it one of the most reliable VPN’s for streaming sports on any service.

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