Spring is in the air and you know what that means for sports fans. Yep, March Madness is about to get underway.
Even if you're not a college basketball fan, there's a good chance that you'll pay attention when tourney time comes around. Millions of people across the U.S. will be filling out their bracket in hopes of cutting down the nets after winning their office pool.
Speaking of cutting, if you've cut the cable cord recently you might have trouble watching March Madness this year. Unless of course, you have the right streaming service. That's why we're going to tell you the cheapest way to watch without cable.
Watching March Madness without breaking the bank
You've probably heard us here at Komando.com discuss "cutting the cord" at some point. This has become an extremely popular trend to eliminate the skyrocketing costs of cable and satellite.
The reality is, with so many great streaming services available, it's difficult to justify paying up to $200 per month to watch television. These services offer a less expensive way to watch TV and you can save hundreds of dollars each year. Services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon even have original programming on top of everything else you can stream.
But there's one type of programming that remains as the last stronghold of cable TV providers - live sports. Many cable TV holdovers don't mind paying the premium as long as they can view all their favorite sports games live.
The good news is you can both cut the cable cord to save some serious coin and keep watching your favorite sporting events live. You just need to know how to do it.
First, find the streaming service that is right for you and offers the sports channels that you're looking for. March Madness is being broadcast over multiple channels again this year. Those channels are CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV.
The cheapest streaming service that offers TBS, TNT and TruTV is Sling TV. Where Netflix made streaming TV mainstream, Sling TV is redefining live TV. This is an a la carte package that's comparable to signing up for a cable TV package. (PssT! To compare Sling with other streaming services, be sure to click the link at the bottom of this article.)
Sling has a few options to choose from so you're going to want to select its Blue package. Sling Blue gets you TBS, TNT and TruTv for just $25 per month and that comes with an additional 40 channels.
The one channel that will broadcast March Madness that's not available through Sling TV is CBS. However, you can get CBS for free over the airwaves if you add an HD antenna to your system.
Outdoor multidirectional HDTV antenna
When you add an HD antenna to your system, you can pick up local channels, and much more, for FREE! This is great for sports fans, as many live sporting events are carried on local channels.
With an HD antenna, you can pick up over-the-air (OTA) broadcast channels such as ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, CW, PBS, ION and many others. Many of the most popular television shows, along with sporting events and local news, are broadcast on OTA television in High Definition. FOR FREE!
Want more information on streaming services? Check out our comparison guide
Getting rid of cable has become an extremely popular trend. But, the reality is, with so many great streaming services available, it's difficult to choose just one. I've done the heavy lifting of comparing streaming options so that you don't have to. In this tip, you'll discover what each service includes and how it stacks up against the others.