March Madness viewing guide

March Madness viewing guide

The 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament continues this weekend! We’re down to the Sweet 16, which will be pared to eight teams Thursday and Friday and then to four on Saturday and Sunday. Here’s a full schedule of the games.

And below is a roundup of the different ways you can keep up with the action. There’s a lot of ’em!

All games will be broadcast on CBS and the Turner family of networks (TNT, TBS and TruTV), with TBS carrying the Final Four games and the national championship game on April 4. (This will be the first time ever that the national championship game will be shown on cable, by the way.)


Here’s where each of those channels live for BendBroadband customers:

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)

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. 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 and Google Chromecast.

You can read more about all the viewing options for the tournament on the NCAA’s website and in this article from CBS Sports. This Lifehacker guide to streaming the games across all devices looks pretty helpful, too.

Once you’ve got all that squared away, you’ll just need the remote control, your bracket, some snacks and drinks, and a doctor’s note to excuse you from work on Thursday and Friday. Sorry, we can’t help you with that last one.

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