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When, where and how to watch the 2017 NCAA Tournament

When, where and how to watch the 2017 NCAA Tournament

The teams have been selected, the brackets are set, and the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament starts this week!

Games officially begin Tuesday with the First Four, and Thursday through Sunday brings the avalanche of hoops action known as the First and Second Rounds.

The Final Four is scheduled for April 1 (no foolin’), and a national champion will be crowned April 3. Here’s a full schedule of the games.

And below is a roundup of the different ways you can keep up with the action.

WATCH ON TV
All games will be broadcast on CBS and the Turner family of networks (TNT, TBS and TruTV), with CBS carrying the Final Four games and the national championship game.

Here’s where BendBroadband customers can find each of those channels:

CBS: Channels 6 and 606 HD (all tiers)
TBS: Channels 16 and 616 HD (Essentials and Preferred tiers)
TNT: Channels 17 and 617 HD (Essentials and Preferred tiers)
TruTV: Channels 142 and 742 HD (Essentials and Preferred tiers)

WATCH ONLINE
On the Internet, March Madness Live is the NCAA’s one-stop shop for streaming the games. All games broadcast on CBS are free to watch for anyone. Games on TBS, TNT and TruTV require customers with the Essentials or Preferred package to log in using their BendBroadband email addresses and passwords. However, everyone can enjoy a free trial that will allow you to watch for 3 hours.

The content can be viewed via desktop, iOS, Android and Windows phone and tablet apps. This year, the tournament will also be accessible via Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Google Chromecast and, for the first time, Amazon Alexa devices and Xbox.

Read more about all the viewing options for the tournament here and here.  This Lifehacker guide to streaming the games across all devices looks pretty helpful, too.

Now that you’ve got all that squared away … let the madness begin!

LAFF TV dropped from channel lineup

Effective today, the LAFF network will no longer be available to BendBroadband customers on channels 70 (standard definition) and 670 (HD) in the Preferred package. LAFF TV specializes in comedy programming, airing a mix of feature films and sitcoms. You can still watch their web series videos, such as “Big City,” “Cuddling with Carlin” and… Continue Reading

PBS KIDS launched, OPB Plus on the move

Kids and parents of kids, rejoice: BendBroadband is now carrying the PBS KIDS network on channel 93 in the Limited, Essentials and Preferred packages! This new channel features high-quality PBS KIDS programming 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including popular shows like “Sesame Street,” “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood,” “Thomas and Friends,” “Dinosaur Train” and… Continue Reading

PBS KIDS launched, OPB Plus on the move

Resolve to save money on Showtime

It’s a new year, which means you probably have new goals. Eat better. Exercise more. Spend less. Here’s another one to add to your list: Get a tremendous deal on Showtime®! For a limited time, you can add Showtime’s array of blockbuster movies, critically acclaimed original series and award-winning sports coverage to your BendBroadband® channel lineup… Continue Reading

Resolve to save money on Showtime

Introducing: Cutting Edge Internet

Today, BendBroadband is proud to unveil Cutting Edge Internet, a multifaceted promotional campaign that focuses on the speed and power of our Ultra 50, Ultra 100 and Ultra 300 Internet packages, as well as the company’s deep roots in Central Oregon. In the coming weeks and months, you’ll see billboards, emails, digital ads, print ads and other tactics around… Continue Reading

Introducing: Cutting Edge Internet

Lifetime Movie Network added to Essentials TV package

Good news for customers with our Essentials TV package: LMN (aka the Lifetime Movie Network) is now part of your lineup! You can find it on channel 120, or in HD on 720. Previously available only in the Preferred package, LMN carries movies and exclusive shows largely aimed at women, including original programming first shown on… Continue Reading

VH1 Classic becomes MTV Classic

VH1 Classic becomes MTV Classic

Thirty-five years ago today, the channel known as MTV debuted its mix of music videos and music-focused programming, kicking things off with The Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star.” And today, MTV’s parent company will celebrate the anniversary by replacing another one of its channels, VH1 Classic, with a new channel called MTV Classic. BendBroadband… Continue Reading