TECH BYTE: Use Apps, Streaming Services to Watch College Basketball

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — March Madness is underway.

If you’re behind on watching the games, you don’t necessarily need a TV or cable to get in on the action.

The NCAA March Madness smartphone app is your go-to for all things college basketball right now.

“In the NCAA March Madness app, you can see what games are scheduled for that day, who’s playing, when they tip, and what channel it will be on,” said Angela Moryan, a sports anchor/reporter for WDEF News 12. “So it’s real easy to check the score, check the stats, and also see where you can view it as well.”

If you don’t know what channel the game’s on, no worries. The app has that for you too.

“It has your channel provider, so it searches for your location, and then you pick your cable provider, and it will automatically tell you what channel number CBS, TruTV, TNT are, so you don’t have to go searching through your guide,” Moryan said. “You can also log in with your cable provider if you have cable on the app, so you can watch any game on your phone for free.”

The CBS Sports and ESPN Tournament Challenge apps are also free, and good options to make it easy for you to keep up with the tournament without a TV.

Plus, digital brackets make it super easy to keep track of all the games.

“What’s cool about doing brackets online is that it tracks your progress and points for you,” Moryan said. “Every bracket challenge is different in how they do points, just like Fantasy Football. Right now I have three apps on my phone for brackets, that’s CBS Sports, the March Madness NCAA app, and the ESPN Tournament Challenge, and you can challenge other people in the world, you can create groups with your friends and challenge each other, and then it keeps track of the points for you. You don’t have to go through paper brackets and do the points yourself.”

But if your cell phone is too small of a screen for you, you can also watch the games live on a computer.

You’ll either have to sign in with a TV provider, or stream it online. No trip to a sports bar needed.

“You can get a subscription with YouTube TV,” she said. “The games will also be on Hulu and other streaming services that you can find online a list of those, where they’ll be shown.”

These streaming services aren’t free, but at least you’re paying to watch a lot of basketball.

Just don’t let your boss catch you at work.

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