March Madness, the name given to the NCAA division one basketball tournament will once again be available for streaming this year – either on the internet, or via the iPhone or iPad – from the 7th of March. The difference between this year and previous ones is that both iPhone and iPad users will be required to pay a small fee of $3.99, in order to download the live coverage of the games onto their mobile devices., which are being given shared coverage by Turner and CBS this year, over a total of four television stations.
The $3.99 charge for iPhone and iPad users to stream the games covers the entire tournament and is also fixed for all Apple devices, ensuring that users of multiple Apple products do not have to worry about authentication issues should they want to watch any of the tournament matches on their Mac desktops or laptops instead. Once you have paid the fee you are able to stream every one of the 67 games involved in March Madness on iOS by means of either 3G or Wi-Fi.
For those who use Apple’s Mac computers rather than the mobile devices the games which are broadcast on CBS will be available to be viewed for free via the CBSSports.com website, but these users will still be required to pay if they want to watch the games which are being broadcast on the TNT, TBS and TruTV stations, as these games will only be accessible to authenticated users of particular pay-tv channels – meaning this is likely to prove a more expensive option for those wanting to watch all of the games than doing so via the iPhone or iPad. The downloadable apps for the tournament coverage will be available from March 7th, allowing iPhone users plenty of time to purchase them before the tournament starts on the 13th of March.