Each year, work productivity sees a dip over a several week span. The cause is the NCAA Tournament and March Madness. There is an estimate that up to 20% of U.S. employees spend some time streaming and/or watching March Madness games during work hours.
Especially when you factor in the incredible popularity of filling out a bracket, the 20% estimate is incredibly reasonable. March Madness 2017 begins on Tuesday, March 14, so of course you can’t miss finding out if your bracket is totally busted before 5 o’clock that Tuesday or Wednesday. Or maybe you just know this is your year, and you need to stream March Madness at work to watch that crazy 14 seed over 3 seed upset you predicted would happen in real-time.
Before you start to stream March Madness at work, you need to make sure to plan ahead for that all too likely scenario when your boss or nosy co-worker walks by your desk while you are in the middle of streaming a game. Recommended options are the Boss Button, which is offered through a partnership with the NCAA, and Google Chrome add-ins like the Panic Button that let you hide all of your tabs in an instant, but saves them in your bookmarks so you can open them up again.
There are several options out there to watch March Madness at work and our guide below covers all these in detail.
Stream March Madness at Work with DIRECTV NOW
DIRECTV NOW is a fantastic option for you to stream March Madness at work. The service is ideal for on-the-go streaming as it does not require a satellite. It is also fairly new, so there are bound to be more features and packages added as time goes on. For now, though, DIRECTV NOW does offer TNT, TBS, and TruTV in its packages, which start at $35 a month. Though a bit more expensive than Sling, DIRECTV NOW offers over 60 channels for that price, which is pretty great.
Another positive for this service is the fact that its streaming grid is reminiscent of a cable grid, making it a comfortable switch for those looking to stream March Madness at work for the first time. We recommend trying the free 7-day trial to, at the very least, watch March Madness online free for a week. Then, if you’re ready to buy, be sure to see if they are running any special promos such as giving away a free device when you pre-buy some service.
DIRECTV NOW will long outlast March Madness for all of your streaming needs, just take a look at the full DIRECTV NOW channels list in our review to see everything else you can get.
Stream March Madness at Work with Sling TV
If you’re looking for a cheaper option than DIRECTV NOW, Sling TV is another one of our recommended options for cable cutters who are still looking to watch sports.
Sling TV (review) costs $20 per month and you can live stream over 20 popular cable channels. TBS, TNT are always included in the basic package and, during the tournament, truTV will also be available. That means you can watch most of the March Madness games at work with Sling TV since it is compatible to be streamed on your computer, tablet, or mobile device. If you are at home, you can easily watch it on your TV as well with a device like the Roku or Chromecast.
In fact, you can even use Sling TV and stream March Madness free with the 7-day free trial. If you do want to sign up, check out Sling TV’s deals when you sign up, they have been known to offer things like a free streaming device or a discount on an Apple TV.
Download the March Madness Live App to Stream the NCAA Tournament
The NCAA lets you stream March Madness free with its March Madness Live App. CBS games are free for absolutely everyone and the games on TBS, TNT, and truTV are free to those who can provide a cable subscription login. If you don’t have cable you could always borrow a friends login, or pair this with Sling TV for just $20 for the month and watch March Madness at work and never miss a game.
The fact the CBS games are free is an impressive offering from the network and is even better since the March Madness Live App is compatible with just about all mobile devices. The downside is this one can’t be watched on your computer, but sometimes it’s easier to sneak watching a game on your phone instead of your computer.
Stream March Madness at Work on CBS with CBSSports.com
Another option to watch March Madness at work for free is with CBSSports.com. The site actually lets you watch all of the CBS March Madness games free either on your computer or on mobile devices. It is part of CBS’s big push to offer more and more programming free online, just as they did during the NFL regular season and playoffs. The CBSSports.com app is compatible with just about all major phones and tablets, so this is a great option that adds a little more flexibility. Plus, you don’t have to pay a dime to stream March Madness free with this service.
Watch Every Game and Stream March Madness at Work using PlayStation Vue
In comparison to the other services, Sony’s PlayStation Vue is more expensive, but it is a one-stop shop to stream March Madness at Work. The cost for PlayStation Vue is $39.99 per month and includes more than 60 popular cable channels available for live streaming. TBS, TNT, truTV, and CBS are all included in the package. So, not only can you watch March Madness at work, but you can watch every single game. In terms of compatibility at work, PlayStation Vue is compatible with iPads. Outside of work PlayStation Consoles, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV can all be used to stream March Madness.
PlayStation Vue definitely has a great package, but at the moment it is only available in select cities— San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York City. If you are in one of these areas you can find out more about PlayStation Review and all of the additional features in our full review. If you are out of PlayStation Vue’s service area that’s not a problem, since there are still all of the above options for you to watch March Madness at work.
For more information, head over to our March Madness streaming guide.