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anorris
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  Message Not Read  How to Watch the NCAA Tournament Across Your Devices (in the US)
   Posted: 3/12/2012 12:23:45 PM 

A few things have changed from last year, particularly with CBS/Turner's TV anywhere strategy.  Thus, here's a guide to how to enjoy the Madness and the Bobcats this March.

 

On Your TV

 

This one is the easiest.  If you need help, you can visit ncaa.com/march-madness and enter your ZIP code and video provider.  It will provide you with channel numbers for the four networks, and scrolling all the way to the bottom reveals a game schedule on the right side to help you find your games.

 

On Your Computer

 

There are two ways to watch the tournament on your computer.

 

The first is through the individual network websites.  CBS will stream all of their games for free at cbssports.com.

 

Turner will provide free access to the games if you subscribe to a participating video service (includes most major services other than Time Warner) and authenticate with that provider.  Visit the relevant site for the network the game you're looking for (ncaa.TBS.com, ncaa.TNT.tv, ncaa.TruTV.com), and log in by clicking the button in the top right of the screen, selecting your provider from the list, and logging in with your video provider's credentials.  Logging in at any of these sites should authenticate you at all three.

 

The second is through "March Madness on Demand" at ncaa.com/march-madness. The cost is $3.99 for the entire tournament, you may pay via credit, debit, or PayPal, and the account you create can be used across your computer, iPod/iPhone/iPad, and compatible Android device.

 

Both of these methods require Flash player 10.2, and should be compatible with any recent major browser and OS.

 

On Your Smartphone/Tablet

 

If you have an Apple mobile device, or select Android devices (list at the bottom of this FAQ), you can download the "NCAA March Madness Live" app from the iTunes store (anytime) or Google Play (by March 13).  The cost is $3.99 for the entire tournament, you may pay via credit, debit, PayPal, or as an in-app purchase, and the account you create can be used across your computer, iPod/iPhone/iPad, and compatible Android device. 

Last Edited: 3/12/2012 12:43:41 PM by anorris

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  Message Not Read  RE: How to Watch the NCAA Tournament Across Your Devices (in the US)
   Posted: 3/12/2012 12:28:02 PM 
Wish this was available in Europe
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  Message Not Read  RE: How to Watch the NCAA Tournament Across Your Devices (in the US)
   Posted: 3/12/2012 12:31:10 PM 
3.99 is an awesome deal for the exposure.  

For European users, search Lifehacker.com or google for proxy servers.  Find one based in the US (there are plenty) and you can route your connection through them to get a US ip address.  Its super easy to get used to after a bit. 
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  Message Not Read  RE: How to Watch the NCAA Tournament Across Your Devices (in the US)
   Posted: 3/12/2012 12:39:30 PM 
TheStig4 wrote:
Wish this was available in Europe
Believe me, I understand -- my note in the subject was actually directed specifically so as not to get your hopes up as I'd seen your post earlier.

I did some research for you to confirm my hunch (that ESPN owns the rights outside the US), and found that the cable partner for Serbia to look for is ESPN America.  As it used to be in the US when CBS had the tournament, the fact that they have just one channel means the coverage provided will be "whip-around" style coverage, meaning you won't get to see the entire game from start to finish.  The carefully-staggered tip times for the games mean you should at least get to see portions of our game, particularly if it is closely contested.

http://www.espnamerica.com/rs/f2/tv-schedule/
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  Message Not Read  RE: How to Watch the NCAA Tournament Across Your Devices (in the US)
   Posted: 3/13/2012 1:34:04 PM 
Going to bump this up -- if you plan on using a computer/smartphone/etc. to watch our game Friday, I'd recommend testing it out on the TruTV games tonight so you have time to troubleshoot if things don't work as expected.
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