The end is near and the National Championship is swiftly approaching, so you might be looking for a way to watch March Madness 2022 online. If so, this is a one-stop shop with all of the information you need so you don't miss a single moment of the action.
All of the main rounds have come and gone, and the Final Four are primed and ready to hit the court on April 2nd. With so many games spread over three weeks, staying on top of everything takes some serious planning. Luckily, we're here to make the process simpler. In this global streaming guide, you'll find a schedule overview and instructions on how to watch the tournament from anywhere on Earth.
But first, let's take a quick look at the field so far. On March 13th, Selection Sunday kicked off the festivities by announcing the 68 teams that would play in the men's NCAA tournament. The lowest-seeding teams played on March 15th and March 16th, games that led directly into the first two rounds. The Sweet 16 and Elite 8 have already battled it out, and now just four teams remain to turn up the heat on the court: Duke, North Carolina, Villanova, and Kansas.
The Final Four games are scheduled to take place on April 2nd, after which the world will watch with bated breath as the the last two teams take to the court for the NCAA championship game on April 4th.
If you're a hoops fan based in the United States, most of the tournament aired on CBS, TNT, TBS, and truTV, but the final 18 games will only be airing on two channels: CBS and TBS. Don't worry if you don't have cable or you're currently outside of the US, we can get you set up with live streaming options in a matter of minutes. Without further ado, let's move on to the ways you can catch every game live, plus a complete tournament schedule and a look at the bracket so far.
How to watch March Madness live in the US
Sling Blue - $24.99 for the first month, then $34.99/month (opens in new tab) |
Paramount Plus Premium - $9.99/month (opens in new tab)
You can watch every game via the four networks listed above, but the broadcast schedule isn't consistent. For example, the final games are only on TBS and CBS, while the First Four were shown exclusively on TBS and truTV. If you want online access to ALL of the games, the simplest and most affordable way to do so is to combine a Sling Blue (opens in new tab) account (currently $24.99 for the first month, then $34.99/month) with a Paramount Plus Premium plan (opens in new tab) ($9.99/month).
Here is how it works. A basic Sling Blue account will let you watch 49 of the 67 games (including the First Four and the NCAA national championship in April).
If you then sign up for a Paramount Plus Premium plan, you'll get access to the remaining 18 games for only $9.99 more every month. Paramount Plus Premium also gives you access to your local CBS station and the ability to download movies and TV shows for on-demand viewing.
Combined, you're still paying about $20 less than you would for other live TV streaming services. If you're not enjoying the two services after the tournament wraps up, you can cancel at any time with zero hassle.
How to watch March Madness live from anywhere
ExpressVPN - Try it risk-free for 30 days (opens in new tab)
If you're traveling at any point during the tournament or having trouble accessing Sling TV due to geo-blocks, ExpressVPN is a quick and easy way to catch the action on the courts from anywhere on the planet. We chose ExpressVPN as one of the overall best VPN services (opens in new tab), and they're currently offering a risk-free 30-day trial. This means that, if you sign up today, you can get all your money back if you're not satisfied with the service at the end of the tournament on April 4th.
How to watch March Madness live in the UK
BT Sport Monthly Pass - £25/month (opens in new tab)
For basketball fans in the UK, the best way to watch the tournament (and loads of other sports) is to sign up for a monthly pass on BT Sport (opens in new tab). The 30-day pass is only £25/month for non-BT subscribers, and it gives you access to ESPN, where the games will be streaming live. The pass also requires no contract and you can cancel at any time.
How to watch March Madness live in Australia
Kayo Sports - Basic Plan $25/month (opens in new tab)
Basketball fans Down Under can catch the action on the court by signing up for a Kayo Sports basic plan (opens in new tab) for AUD$25 a month. The Aussie sports app states that they will be airing March Madness, but it's unclear if they will be able to live stream all 67 games. Luckily, the streaming service has a 14-day free trial so you can confirm the schedule. If Kayo Sports doesn't have all the games you want to watch, a service like ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) could help fill in the blanks.
Updated March Madness 2022 tournament bracket
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You can also download a printable version of the official NCAA Men's Division Championship Bracket on the official 2022 March Madness website.
March Madness 2022 Schedule
|Round||Date and start time||Network|
|First Four||March 15th - 6:40pm||truTV|
|March 16th - 6:40pm|
|Round One||March 17th - 12:00pm||CBS, TBS, TNT, truTV|
|March 18th - 12:00pm|
|Round Two||March 19th - 12:00pm||CBS, TBS, TNT, truTV|
|March 20th - 12:00pm|
|Sweet 16||March 24th - 7:00pm||CBS, TBS|
|March 25th - 7:00pm|
|Elite 8||March 26th - 6:00pm||TBS|
|March 27th - 2:00pm||CBS|
|Final Four||April 2nd - 6:00pm||TBS|
|National Championship||April 4th - 9:00pm||TBS|
Looking for a streaming service that will let you watch more sports live? Go check out our ESPN Plus viewing guide for information on pricing, setup, and compatible devices.
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