Watch March Madness Live 2022 without Cable on Apple Devices

The 2022 NCAA Tournament is upon us, so let's learn how to livestream the games! Want to cut the cable cord and livestream March Madness 2022 cheaply or for free? Here's how to watch national championship basketball online or on your Apple TV, iPhone, or iPad.

Related: Apple TV: Your Complete Guide to Setting Up & Streaming On-Demand Content

Let's answer all your questions about the NCAA Tournament schedule, and go over how to stream March Madness 2022. You can watch at least part of March Madness for free, and stream all of the NCAA basketball tournament to your Apple devices with various apps and streaming services. For more great tutorials on how to watch NFL on Apple TV, and even how to livestream the Super Bowl on your Apple TV, check out our free Tip of the Day

NCAA Tournament Schedule 2022 & March Madness Bracket

We'll find out which teams have made the cut for this year's championships on Selection Sunday, March 13, followed by the First Four on March 15-16. For all the March Madness dates, here's the March Madness 2022 schedule. With this live streaming schedule, you can decide which games you'd like to catch as soon as Selection Sunday announcements happen. Here's a printable NCAA bracket for 2022 so you can fill it in as the games are announced. You can also use these NCAA bracket makers or buy NCAA Tournament tickets. If you can't catch all the tournament games you want live, many of the streaming services below can archive games so you can watch March Madness games you missed another time. 

There are lots of options you can use to stream the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament games. Let's get started learning how to livestream the whole tournament, especially the Final Four games.

How to Watch March Madness Live: NCAA Tournament TV Schedule

Where can I watch the March Madness games? Is there an app to watch March Madness? To watch the NCAA Tournament 2022, we need to know which games will be on which channels. This year the games will be split between TBS, CBS, TNT, and TruTV. Now that you know where to catch the games, check with each cable alternative to see if the channels you need are offered in your area. If you're unfamiliar with TruTV, it's a live-streaming website that is free, but only as long as you're subscribed to cable through one of their affiliates. Another way to access TruTV is to subscribe to a streaming service that includes it in its offerings. Which app or service offers March Madness and NCAA basketball streams? Read on to find out. 

Use a Digital TV Antenna

Compatibility: Varies between manufacturers 

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Cost: Prices vary from company to company; I've seen anywhere from $17.99–$149.99 

Pros: Free content from local broadcasters

Cons: Some companies charge a monthly fee to use the app associated with their antenna; you can only watch games broadcast on CBS this way

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Yes, it's true; you can legally pick up locally broadcasted channels and stream them to your Apple TV, iPhone, or iPad with a digital TV antenna. While you might be envisioning the old-fashioned version that looks like a laundry rack attached to your roof, there are now lots of over-the-air options that stay inside your house. Some can boost signals, as well, which is really helpful if you live in a rural area. This option will let you watch those games on CBS, if you live in an area where you can get that signal. Just remember you won't be able to catch any games that are streaming on TNT, TBS, or TruTV this way. If it's really important for you to catch all of the March Madness games, OTA isn't your best choice. If you don't mind missing some of the games, options include AirTV, SiliconDust, and Mohu, but there are lots more out there!

NCAA March Madness App

Compatibility: Mac with M1 chip running macOS 11 or later, Apple TV running tvOS 14 and later, iPhone and iPod Touch running iOS 14 or later, iPad running iPadOS 14 or later

Cost: Free 

Pros: Play the March Madness Bracket Challenge while watching games

Cons: After the three-hour free trial, you'll only see the CBS livestream unless you have a cable subscription 

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This free app includes three free hours of live streaming on whichever network you'd like, but when your free trial is over, you'll only be able to catch CBS livestreaming. Although limited, this is a free, fun way to catch at least some of the March Madness games. 


Compatibility: Mac with M1 chip running macOS 12 or later, Apple TV running tvOS 14.0 and later, iPhone and iPod Touch running iOS 12 and later, iPad running iPadOS 12 and later

Cost: One-day free trial period, then $69.99/month

Pros: 30 hours of free DVR Cloud storage

Con: Channel availability varies by region

fubo app
FuboTV is a TV streaming service with a heavy focus on live sports. The basic package, fubo Pro, offers more than 130 channels. Unfortunately, fuboTVdoes not include Tru TV, TBS, or TNT, making this a less comprehensive NCAA Tournament option. It does include CBS games, but you can catch those for free with the antennae or NCAA March Madness app options.

DirecTV Stream

Compatibility: Fourth-generation Apple TV and later

Cost: $59.99/month for the first three months, then $69.99/month 

Pros: Unlimited cloud DVR storage
Cons: Coverage varies by region
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AT&T TV Now, formerly DirecTV, includes TBS, TNT, CBS, and truTV in many areas with any package, meaning you can catch all the NCAA Tournament 2022 games! Check with AT&T TV Now to see which channels are streaming in your area.

Sling TV 

Compatibility: Fourth and fifth-generation Apple TV with tvOS 13 or later; iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch with iOS 11 or later 

Cost: $35/month for Sling Orange or Sling Blue, or $50 for both

Pros: 50 hours free Cloud DVR storage

Cons: Does not include CBS

Sling TV
Sling TV is a streaming service that allows viewers to pay far less than a cable subscription would cost. Customers can choose Sling Orange or Sling Blue. As an added bonus, Sling offers fifty hours of free Cloud DVR. This way, you can record the NCAA championship games and watch them later. Sling Blue includes TBS, TNT, and TruTV, as well as FS1 and FOX for conference tournaments. Sling Orange offers TBS, TNT, and ESPN, ESPN 2. Once again, offerings vary from region to region; make sure the  NCAA broadcasts are available in your area.

Hulu Plus Live TV

Compatibility: Fourth-generation Apple TV running tvOS 13 and later, iPhone or iPod Touch running iOS 13 and later, iPad running iPadOS 13 or later

Cost: Hulu + Live TV is $69.99/month with ads, $75.99/month without ads 

Pros: Personalized profiles for each family member, record and save up to 50 hours of content with Cloud DVR

Cons: Not broadcast in all areas

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If you live in the right area, $69.99 a month will get you NBC, TBS, TNT, and even truTV! Hulu cautions that you need to have a local CBS affiliate to catch games broadcast by CBS, but even if you don't, you can use the NCAA March Madness app to fill that gap. Download the Hulu+ app and get started. 

Paramount + (Formerly CBS All Access)

Compatibility: Fourth-Generation Apple TV and later; iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch running iOS 13 and later

Cost: One-week free trial, $4.99/month for Essential or $9.99/month thereafter 

Cons: Live TV Available in limited markets

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Some of the NCAA Championship games run only on CBS, which means that if you don't have cable, you need to either have a method to stream CBS or get CBS over the air with an OTA antenna as described at the beginning of the article. If you need to download the Paramount+ app to watch some of the games, here's how to get the app for your Apple TV.

YouTube TV

Compatibility: Fourth-generation and later Apple TV; iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch with iOS 12 or later; stream to your TV using AirPlay

Cost: $54.99/month for the first three months, $64.99/month thereafter

Pros: Free recording with unlimited storage, three streams, and six accounts per household

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CBS, TNT, TBS, and truTV are all offered if you live in the right market, so you'll be able to catch all the tournament games. Cloud DVR with unlimited storage means you'll be able to record games you can't watch live!

I hope that one of these options will help you live stream all the 2022 NCAA Basketball Championship games you'd like to watch on your Apple devices on the YouTube TV app!

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