Everything you need to know about how to watch Friday’s first-round NCAA tournament action.
All times EDT.
12:15 p.m.: Michigan vs. Oklahoma State in Indianapolis (CBS)
12:40 p.m.: Baylor vs. New Mexico State in Tulsa (truTV)
1:30 p.m.: Arkansas vs. Seton Hall in Greenville (TNT)
2 p.m.: Oregon vs. Iona in Sacramento (TBS)
Approx. 2:45 p.m.: Louisville vs. Jacksonville State in Indianapolis (CBS)
Approx. 3:10 p.m.: SMU vs. Providence/USC in Tulsa (truTV)
Approx. 4 p.m.: North Carolina vs. Texas Southern in Greenville (TNT)
Approx. 4:30 p.m.: Creighton vs. Rhode Island in Sacramento (TBS)
6:50 p.m.: Kansas vs. UNC Central/UC Davis in Tulsa (TNT)
7:10 p.m.: Dayton vs. Wichita State in Indianapolis (CBS)
7:20 p.m.: Duke vs. Troy in Greenville (TBS)
7:27 p.m.: Cincinnati vs. Kansas State/Wake Forest in Sacramento (truTV)
Approx. 9:20 p.m.: Miami vs. Michigan State in Tulsa (TNT)
Approx. 9:40 p.m.: Kentucky vs. Northern Kentucky in Indianapolis (CBS)
Approx. 9:50 p.m.: South Carolina vs. Marquette in Greenville (TBS)
Approx. 9:57 p.m.: UCLA vs. Kent State in Sacramento (truTV)
Where is truTV?
Ah yes, it’s the one time of year when television viewers are actively searching out truTV. Here’s where you can find it on some of the larger cable and satellite companies:
DirecTV: Channel 246
Dish Network: Channel 9430
Verizon Fios: Channel 683
Once again, the NCAA is broadcasting the games via its March Madness Live app. It can be accessed through Apple, Android, Amazon Fire, Roku and Windows platforms. Here’s the catch, though: Unless you have a cable-TV subscription, you can only watch the games televised by CBS for free, and then only on your desktop or mobile devices (not on streaming services like Roku or AppleTV). For the games televised by TBS, TNT and truTV — or to watch through a streaming service on your TV — you’ll need to log in with your cable-provider credentials. You do, however, get a three-hour grace period, meaning you can probably catch one full TBS/TNT/truTV game before being asked to log in.
But I’m a cord-cutter. What about me?
The folks at Cut Cable Today have the scoop on how to watch March Madness if you’ve cut your cord. Many of the options listed below have free trial periods, so you could split each weekend tournament action between them.
DirecTV Now: The basic package includes TBS, TNT and truTV. You can stream games on your computer, tablet, smartphone or streaming device. Plus, they’re offering a free seven-day trial, which you could use to cover one weekend of games.
SlingTV: Similar to DirecTV, SlingTV is offering a free seven-day trial. TBS, TNT and truTV all are available in the Sling Blue package.
CBS All Access: For the games that actually are on CBS, you can access the network’s streaming service for $5.99 per month. It’s available in most metropolitan areas.
PlayStation Vue: This offering is similarly priced to Sling and DirecTV and, depending on where you live, you might be able to get the CBS games included.