How to Stream the NCAA’s Selection Sunday Without Cable 

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It’s Selection Sunday! Tonight the field of 68 teams participating in this year’s March Madness tournament will be set, paving the way for all of us to start plotting how we want to fill out our brackets for the office pool Monday morning.

The show kicks off at 6pm ET and is expected to run for two hours. This year the networks plan to announce all 68 NCAA Tournament teams in alphabetical order — kicking things off with the automatic bids, and then going to the at-large bids — right at the beginning of the broadcast.

This year’s show is moving from its regular home on CBS to TBS, which is going to make it harder for people who don’t have cable subscriptions to watch. TBS will also televise this year’s NCAA Final Four National Semifinals on Saturday, March 31, along with the National Championship on Monday, April 2. You’re going to want to figure out how to watch TBS.

Cord cutters do have a few options:

NCAA March Madness Live

The NCAA is back this year with its March Madness Live offering on both its website and mobile app. The app works on iOS and Android devices as well as the Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku, and Xbox One.


If you’re just trying to catch tonight’s show, then you should be able to pull that off for free. The app offers three hours of streaming for free before it’s going to make you sign in with your cable provider info. That means you can watch tonight’s two-hour show with no problem, but if you want to use the app at any point during the tournament, like for that championship game, you might quickly end up SOL.

Streaming Services

A number of the leading cable-alternative streaming services offer the ability to stream TBS. Most also offer a free trial, so if you’re not already a subscriber to one of these you can nab a trial subscription today to catch the Selection Sunday show and then cancel it before you end up getting charged (or keep it for a bit and watch a lot more).


Your best options when it comes to streaming TBS include DirecTV Now, Hulu with Live TV, YouTube TV, Sling TV, and PlayStation Vue.

All of those have a monthly subscription price between $35-$40, except Sling which offers a $20 “Orange plan” that includes TBS.

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