How to Watch 2016 NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament Online for Free

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The 2016 NCAA Basketball Championship tournament (better known as March Madness) has kicked off.

If you don’t want to miss out on the action, read on to find out how you can follow the NCAA March Madness live online. We will show you how to bypass firewalls at your office, school, or any country that has geo-restriction.

Where to Watch March Madness Online with a US Cable Subscription

If you live in the US you can catch the games on CBSTBSTNT, and TruTV. As a cable or Dish subscriber you can stream the games from March Madness Live channel. You can even download the March Madness Live app to stream the games on your Android, iOS, or Windows mobile. Bonus: All of the games that are being broadcast by CBS are free to watch on this app.

Alternatively you can watch March Madness using Sling TV service ($20/month, comes with a free 7-day trial) which will give you access to TBS and TNT broadcasts on your computer, phone or tablet.

Where to Watch March Madness Online for FREE (without cable subscription)

The easiest way to watch the games without cable is to:

  1. Download Hotspot Shield 100% Free Chrome Extension (no ads!) => click here.
  2. Turn on the Hotspot Shield for Chrome Extension and select the US Virtual Location.
  3. Go to March Madness Live to watch the games live.

Keep in mind that If you don’t have cable, things get a little harder and a lot more confusing. You can still use the March Madness app—you do not need a login to watch on-demand videos, or any of the live games on CBS. And if you want to watch a non-CBS game (on TBS, TNT, or truTV) the app gives you a 3-hour grace period before requiring you to log in. You can still watch every CBS game for free no matter what, but you only get three free hours of streaming from the other channels. So if there’s one big game you want to watch and you don’t have a login, you can still do that. However, given that the Final Four and championship game are all on TBS, that’s not going to be enough for anyone. So every 3 hours you should turn off the Hotspot Shield browser extension, and make sure to clear your browser’ cache and cookies before repeating the operation from the beginning. Or you may also use the Hotspot Shield Chrome Ext. for one game and then switch to the Hotspot Shield VPN desktop app (Windows or Mac) for the following one.

Click below to get your Free Hotspot Shield VPN download:


Hotspot Shield Free version comes by default with the US location and a limited access to streaming content. When you upgrade to Hotspot Shield Elite (premium version starts at $2.50/month), you get instantly access to 15+ virtual locations, faster speed, unlimited bandwidth and the ability to activate your license on up to 5 devices simultaneously.

How to Bypass Your Office’s or School’s Firewall

Is a team in your bracket playing during office hours? Chances are the IT team has probably taken actions to block you from streaming March Madness. You can use Hotspot Shield to bypass the firewall and connect to streaming sites via our US virtual location. Hotspot Shield’s servers in the U.S. will access the content on your behalf and transmit the content back to your device. Since Hotspot Shield encrypts the content, the firewall won’t be able to detect the type of content transmitted to your device and will not block it.

How to Overcome Geo-restrictions

Although the NCAA March Madness is one of the most popular sporting events, the games are only available to viewers in the USA. This means that if you are staying abroad, you will be blocked due to the geo-restrictions imposed by the TV service providers.

The TV service providers can detect your location by the IP address of the device you are using to connect to the Internet. So, if you don’t have a U.S. IP address, you will get blocked! The good news is that by using Hotspot Shield, it can help you bypass these geo-restrictions.

Using Hotspot Shield to watch the March Madness games from Anywhere

Hotspot Shield gives you a virtual U.S. IP address, which will enable you to watch the games without running into location based restrictions or firewall.

Added bonus: If you happen to be streaming the games on a public WiFi hotspot, Hotspot Shield will also protect and secure your device, preventing hackers from stealing any sensitive information you keep on your laptop or mobile.

Hotspot Shield has support for multiple devices and platforms so you can unblock your favorite content on your Mac laptop, Windows PC, Android tablet, or iOS smartphone.



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