YouTube TV, the live streaming service, is now offering a 14-day free trial which would allow you to watch all March Madness games until the tournament’s semifinals and final. The free trial is only available to new customers.
The first round of March Madness tips off today and the tournament will continue until April 3 with the final in Houston. YouTube TV, which starts at $64.99 a month ($54.99 a month for the first three months), carries all four networks that will broadcast the games — truTV, CBS, TBS and TNT.
The semifinals and final will be broadcast by CBS, which is available for free via an antenna or a free trial from Paramount Plus.
YouTube TV’s terms of agreement say the 14-day free trial will be available through Friday, March 17, 2023, at 11:59 pm PT. However, note that the terms also say you will be charged the regular $64.99 a month rate once the free trial is over unless you cancel. So don’t forget to cancel prior to the end of the 14 days to avoid being charged.
“Offer only available to customers who are not current YouTube TV subscribers, have not been YouTube TV subscribers, and have not participated in a YouTube TV trial previously,” the terms state.
In addition, YouTube TV has launched its much-anticipated multiview feature for some subscribers. This enables viewers to watch four games on one screen at the same time. See this page for more details.
Below are the March Madness first round games on Thursday and Friday:
No. 9 West Virginia vs. No. 8 Maryland | noon| CBS —
No. 13 Furman vs. No. 4 Virginia |12:30 p.m.| truTV
No. 10 Utah St. vs. No. 7 Missouri |1:20 p.m. | TNT
No. 16 Howard vs. No. 1 Kansas |1:50 p.m. | TBS
No. 16 SE Missouri St./Texas A&M CC vs. No. 1 Alabama |2:30 p.m. | CBS –
No. 12 College of Charleston vs. No. 5 San Diego St.|3 p.m. | truTV
No. 15 Princeton vs. No. 2 Arizona |3:50 p.m. | TNT
No. 9 Illinois vs. No. 8 Arkansas |4:20 p.m. | TBS
No. 9 Auburn vs. No. 8 Iowa |6:45 p.m. | TNT
No. 12 Oral Roberts vs. No. 5 Duke |7 p.m. | CBS – Free with antenna.
No. 15 Colgate vs. No. 2 Texas |7:15 p.m. | TBS
No. 10 Boise St. vs. No. 7 Northwestern |7:25 p.m. | truTV
No. 16 Northern Kentucky vs. No. 1 Houston |9:15 p.m. | TNT
No. 13 Louisiana vs. No. 4 Tennessee |9:30 p.m. | CBS –
No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 7 Texas A&M |9:45 p.m. | TBS
No. 15 UNC Asheville vs. No. 2 UCLA |9:55 p.m. | truTV
Friday, March 17
No. 10 USC vs. No. 7 Michigan State |noon |CBS –
No. 14 Kennesaw St. vs. No. 3 Xavier | 12:30 p.m. | truTV
No. 14 UC Santa Barbra vs. No. 3 Baylor | 1:20 p.m. | TNT
No. 12 VCU vs. No. 5 Saint Mary’s | 1:50 p.m. | TBS
No. 15 Vermont vs. No. 2 Marquette| 2:30 p.m. | CBS
No. 11 Mississippi State/Pitt vs. No. 6 Iowa State | 3 p.m. | truTV
No. 11 N.C. State vs. No. 6 Creighton| 3:50 p.m. | TNT
No. 13 Iona vs. No. 4 UConn | 4:20 p.m. | TBS
No. 16 Texas Southern/Fairleigh Dickinson vs. No. 1 Purdue| 6:45 p.m. | TNT
No. 11 Providence vs. No. 6 Kentucky | 7 p.m. | CBS –
No. 12 Drake vs. No. 5 Miami | 7:15 p.m | TBS
No. 14 Grand Canyon vs. No. 3 Gonzaga| 7:25 p.m. | truTV
No. 9 Florida Atlantic vs. No. 8 Memphis | 9:15 p.m.| TNT
No. 14 Montana St. vs. No. 3 Kansas St. | 9:30 p.m. | CBS –
No. 13 Kent State vs. No. 4 Indiana | 9:45 p.m. | TBS
No. 11 Arizona St/Nevada vs. No. 6 TCU | 9:55 p.m. | truTV
Future round teams to be announced:
Saturday, March 18 (Round of 32)
Sunday, March 19 (Round of 32)
Thursday, March 23 (Sweet 16.)
Friday, March 24 (Sweet 16.)
Saturday, March 25 (Elite 8.)
Sunday, March 26 (Elite 8.)
Saturday, April 1 (Final Four.)
Monday, April 3 (Championship game.)
Barry, hope that helps. Happy viewing and stay safe!
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