How to watch March Madness games online; MLB and Facebook ink streaming deal; and more sports tech news


The annual college basketball tournament kicks off next week as millions around the country try to fill out the perfect bracket.

If you’re looking to stream live games when the first round action starts Thursday — it’s certainly a work distraction — you can access NCAA March Madness Live online or via apps for iOS, Android, Amazon Fire TV, Windows 10, Xbox, and Roku. There is also support for Chromecast and AirPlay. Here’s the full schedule of games all the way to the championship on April 2.

Turner Sports and CBS will stream all 67 games across a record 16 platforms this year, including Samsung Gear VR and Google Daydream. The streams do require a cable subscription authentication but there is a 3-hour preview period open to anyone. Turner’s iStreamPlanet product is powering the live streaming infrastructure.

You can also stream games on TBS, CBS, TNT, and truTV’s digital platforms, or other TV provider websites and apps.

Another option for cord cutters is to subscribe to streaming services like Sling TV, YouTube TV, Playstation Vue, DirecTV Now, or Hulu with Live TV, all of which offer some combination of TBS, CBS, TNT, and truTV. They each have trial periods if you’re just looking to stream for a few days.

NCAA March Madness Live this year has a new feature called Fast Break — “live streaming whip-around coverage of every game being played during the first round of the tournament,” according to the NCAA. There’s also a multi-game view feature for Apple TV.

If you own an Amazon Echo device, you can access a live audio stream for free by asking the score of a game via the Westwood One Sports skill.

By the way, it’s damn near impossible to get a perfect bracket — some say the odds are 1 in 9.2 quintillion. It’s so difficult that Warren Buffett offers Berkshire Hathaway employees $ 1 million a year for life if they ace their picks for the first 48 games.

Here are some tips for those filling out their brackets:

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