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Best Ways To Watch March Madness Live in 2024 Without Cable

By Staff• Edited by Lisa Holden • Updated Dec 04, 2023

The NCAA’s 2024 tournament for March Madness will run from March 19 to April 8, 2024, coming to an end with the Final Four in Glendale, Arizona.

The NCAA’s 2024 March Madness will be broadcasted on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV. With that being said, cord-cutters can catch the 2024 basketball tournament on Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV and DirecTV Stream.

Below, we’ll walk you through each one briefly to help you decide which is best for you!

Sling TV: The best choice for the price-conscious

Since 2015, Sling TV has been a top choice for cord-cutters looking for a plan suited to their tastes. Its “a-la-carte” business model allows you to choose among 3 different plans (Orange, Blue or Orange + Blue) as well as countless other optional add-ons to customize your viewing experience further.

Sling Orange

$10 off your first month

$40 / month
30+ channels
ESPN
Stream on one device
40+ channels
Local channels in select cities
News and entertainment
Stream on three screens
General cable replacement
45+ channels
Stream on three screens

If you want to watch the NCAA’s 2024 tournament for March Madness using Sling TV, we recommend you subscribe to the Sling Blue package. With it, you’ll be able to watch TBS, TNT, and TruTV, which should cover most of next year’s March Madness games.

With Sling Blue, you can stream on up to 3 devices at a time. A 50-hour DVR is included in your subscription, which you can increase to 200 hours for an extra $5/month.

If you’re interested, check out our full review of Sling TV here.

Hulu + Live TV: The best choice for on-demand content

You don’t have to be a die-hard streamer to have heard of Hulu before — the Disney and Comcast-owned streaming service gives front-runner Netflix a run for its money with its huge on-demand library and popular original programming that can’t be found elsewhere. They launched Hulu + Live TV in 2017, and as of the end of 2023, the streaming service had amassed a growing list of over 48.5 million subscribers.

Stream on two screens
Big movies
Hit TV shows
On demand content
Stream on two screens
Big movies
Hit TV shows
On demand content
No ads

Hulu Live TV only

$75.99 / month
90+ live channels
Stream on two screens
Stream on two screens
ESPN+ and Disney+ included
On demand content
90+ live channels
Stream on two screens
ESPN+ and Disney+ included
On demand content
90+ live channels
Stream on two screens
ESPN+ and Disney+ included
On demand content
90+ live channels

Hulu + Live TV only offers one subscription package, which includes Disney+ and ESPN+, as well as CBS, TNT, TruTV, and TBS, so you shouldn’t have any problems watching all the games in next year’s NCAA Basketball Championship.

The streaming service offers unlimited DVR included in your subscription, so you can record as many games as you’d like and watch them later on your own time. You only get 2 streams at a time included in your monthly fee, but you can pay an additional $9.99/month for unlimited screens connected to your home network.

DirecTV Stream: The best overall cable alternative

If you’re looking for a streaming service filled with all the essentials (and more) regardless of which plan you choose, then DirecTV Stream is a solid choice. With its cheapest plan, the “Entertainment” package, you’ll get CBS, TBS, TNT, and TruTV, so you should get full coverage of the 2024 March Madness.

75+ channels
Stream on unlimited devices at home
Unlimited DVR space
Three months of Max free
100+ live TV channels
Spanish and English programming
Three months of Max free
Unlimited DVR space
105+ live channels
Unlimited DVR space
Includes regional sports networks
Three months of Max free
140+ live channels
Unlimited DVR space
Includes regional sports networks
Three months of Max free

DirecTV Stream Premier

$154.99 / month
Unlimited DVR space
150+ channels
Includes Max Cinemax SHOWTIME and STARZ
Includes regional sports networks

DirecTV Stream is known for their incredible features, as well. Included in any plan that you choose, you’ll get to stream on up to 20 devices connected to your home network and up to 3 devices outside your home network at once. You’ll also get unlimited DVR stored for up to 90 days, so you can record and rewatch games or episodes of your favorite shows.

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Tara KhudairiAuthor

Tara Khudairi is a freelance content writer and copywriter based in Toronto. Since 2014, she has contributed to brands and blogs alike to tackle popular topics relating to technology, personal finance, entertainment, travel and lifestyle. Whether it’s the latest streaming service or cryptocurrency, she’s passionate about making the complex simple. When she’s not busy typing away, you’ll find Tara watching Netflix’s latest true crime doc or a classic 90’s horror flick.

Lisa HoldenEditor

Lisa Holden is an editor and creative based in Houston, TX. Lisa holds a BA in African-American Studies from Temple University and has spent her career working in news publications and magazines, even founding a magazine herself. When she’s not editing or working on one of her many creative endeavors (whenever that is), she enjoys traveling to new places and biking on sunny days.

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