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Giannis Antetokounmpo goes to the basket as Chris Paul looks on in game 2 of the NBA Finals.

  • The 2021 NBA Finals are now underway between the Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks.
  • You can watch the remaining NBA Finals on ABC and ESPN3.
  • Many internet providers offer ESPN3 for free, and Sling is the cheapest streaming service with the channel.

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The 2020-21 NBA regular season concluded on May 16 and the Finals began on July 6. Remaining games are being broadcast live on ABC and ESPN3.

The Chris Paul-led Phoenix Suns defeated LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers, NBA MVP Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets, and the Los Angeles Clippers to represent the Western Conference in the Finals. In the Eastern Conference, the Milwaukee Bucks beat the star-studded Brooklyn Nets, the Miami Heat team that eliminated them last year, and the surprising Atlanta Hawks to earn their first Finals appearance since 1974.

You can see the full 2021 NBA playoff bracket below, including the matchups following the play-in tournament that ended on May 21.

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The 2020-21 NBA playoff bracket.

Key dates for the 2020-21 NBA season

The 2020-21 NBA season is coming to a close with the Finals now in full swing. Here’s a rundown of key post-season dates.

  • May 22 – NBA playoffs officially began
  • July 8 – NBA Finals began
  • July 22 – NBA Finals Game Seven, if necessary

How to watch the 2021 NBA Finals

The NBA Finals are being broadcast live on ABC and ESPN3. ABC is available through several subscription streaming services without cable, and you may be able to stream the game online for free via ESPN3 depending on your internet provider. You can see if your internet provider includes ESPN3 here.

You can also stream the NBA Finals via the ESPN app, ABC.com, or the ABC app if you already pay for those channels through your TV provider.

If you don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, you can sign up for a live TV streaming service with access to ABC and/or ESPN3, like Sling TV, AT&T TV, Hulu + Live TV, Fubo TV, or YouTube TV, to watch the Finals live.

Sling TV

Sling TV includes ESPN3 as part of its Orange plan for $35 a month. Sling doesn’t include ABC, but NBA Finals airing on that network are simulcast on ESPN3.

New Sling subscribers can get their first month for a discounted rate of just $10, which makes Sling one of the cheapest options for people who just want to stream the NBA Finals.

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YouTube TV

YouTubeTV offers channels like ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV for $65 a month, providing full access to all of the major broadcast and cable networks that show NBA games, including the Finals.

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Hulu + Live TV

Hulu + Live TV features access to channels like ESPN, TNT, and ABC for $65 a month, offering full access to the NBA Finals. However, NBA TV is not offered which could be an issue for viewers who want to catch more games during the regular season.

On the plus side, Hulu + Live TV does include access to Hulu’s entire on-demand library of shows and movies. You can also bundle Hulu with ESPN+ and Disney Plus for an extra $8 a month.

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Fubo TV

Fubo TV includes ABC under its Starter plan for $65 a month, so you can catch the NBA Finals. On the downside, TNT is not currently available, which could be an issue for fans who want to watch games during the regular season and playoffs.

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AT&T TV

AT&T TV is one of the most comprehensive options for streaming the NBA all season long. Plans start at $70 a month, but NBA fans who want access to the most games will need the Choice plan for $85 a month. This package includes ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV.

That said, viewers who just need ABC or ESPN3 to watch the Finals have cheaper options to consider.

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2021 NBA Finals schedule

The 2021 NBA Finals began on July 8. You can find dates and times for the remaining games below.

Wednesday, July 14

Game Four: Phoenix Suns at Milwaukee Bucks, 9 p.m. ET on ABC and ESPN3

Saturday, July 17

Game Five: Milwaukee Bucks at Phoenix Suns, 9 p.m. ET on ABC and ESPN3

Tuesday, July 20

Game Six (if necessary): Phoenix Suns at Milwaukee Bucks, 9 p.m. ET on ABC and ESPN3

Thursday, July 22

Game Seven (if necessary): Milwaukee Bucks at Phoenix Suns, 9 p.m. ET on ABC and ESPN3

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How to watch the NBA playoffs without a cable subscription

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  • The 2020-21 NBA postseason began on May 18 with a play-in tournament to decide playoff seeding.
  • Play-in tournament games are airing on ESPN and TNT; the playoffs will also air on ABC and NBA TV.
  • Streaming options for the NBA playoffs include live TV services, like AT&T TV, Sling TV, and more.

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The 2020-21 NBA regular season has concluded, leaving 20 teams remaining in the league’s newly adopted postseason format. Before the playoffs officially begin, the league is hosting a play-in tournament to decide the final seeding of the 2021 playoff bracket.

You can see the full 2021 NBA Playoff bracket below, including the matchups for the play-in tournament that began on May 18. So far, the Los Angeles Lakers have won the seventh seed in the Western Conference, while the Boston Celtics earned the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference.

NBA Play-in tournament

Last year, the NBA was able to finish the regular season and playoffs with 22 teams at a quarantined site in Orlando, Florida, but teams have been traveling for games this season and fans have been in attendance at some arenas. The NBA installed a detailed protocol to handle coronavirus outbreaks prior to the season and has revised guidance as necessary.

Key dates remaining in the 2020-21 NBA season

May 18 to 21 – Playoff play-in tournament

May 22 – NBA Playoffs officially begin

July 22 – NBA Finals Game Seven, if necessary

2021 NBA play-in tournament schedule

NBA play-in tournament games will be shown on TNT and ESPN.

Friday, May 21

  • (9) Memphis Grizzlies at (8) Golden State Warriors, 9 p.m. ET on ESPN

How to watch the 2021 NBA playoffs

This year’s NBA Playoffs will air on TNT, ESPN, ABC, ESPN 3, and NBA TV. Scheduling information will be announced once the play-in tournament is completed on May 21.

You can stream playoff games via the ESPN app, NBA.com, TNT.com, ABC.com, or the ABC app if you already pay for those channels through your TV provider. Games broadcast on ABC will also be available to stream via ESPN3, which is free through most popular internet providers.

If you don’t have a cable or satellite subscription, you can sign up for a live TV streaming service with access to one or more of those channels, like Sling TV, AT&T TV, Hulu + Live TV, Fubo TV, or YouTube TV to watch games live.

AT&T TV

AT&T TV is one of the most comprehensive options for streaming the NBA. Plans start at $70 a month, but NBA fans who want access to the most games will need the Choice plan for $85 a month. This package includes ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV.

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YouTube TV

YouTubeTV offers ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV for $65 a month, providing full access to all of the major broadcast and cable networks that show NBA playoff games.

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Sling TV

Sling TV includes ESPN and TNT as part of its Orange plan for $35 a month. Sling doesn’t include ABC, but NBA playoff games airing on that network will be simulcast on ESPN 3, which is included with Sling’s Orange plan. Subscribers can add NBA TV via the Sling Sports Extra package for an additional $11 a month.

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Hulu + Live TV

Hulu + Live TV features access to ESPN, TNT, and ABC for $65 a month. However, NBA TV is not offered. On the plus side, Hulu + Live TV does include access to Hulu’s entire on-demand library of shows and movies. You can also bundle ESPN+ and Disney Plus with the service for an extra $8 a month.

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Fubo TV

Fubo TV includes ESPN, ABC, and NBA TV for $80 a month under its Elite plan. On the downside, TNT is not currently available.

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NBA TV

If you just need access to NBA TV or are only interested in watching the games televised on that network, you can sign up to stream the NBA TV channel directly. The service costs $7 a month or $20 for the rest of the season.

2021 NBA playoff schedule

The NBA playoffs will officially begin on May 22. Dates listed in the schedule below only go up to game four of the first-round playoff series. Later games in each series will be added as times are confirmed.

The two top-seeded teams, the Utah Jazz and Philadelphia 76ers, will know their first-round opponents after the conclusion of the play-in tournament.

Saturday, May 22

  • (6) Miami Heat at (3) Milwaukee Bucks, 2 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • (5) Dallas Mavericks at (4) Los Angeles Clippers, 4:30 p.m. on ESPN
  • (7) Boston Celtics at (2) Brooklyn Nets, 8 p.m. ET on ABC/ESPN 3
  • (6) Portland Trail Blazers at (3) Denver Nuggets, 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

Sunday, May 23

  • TBD at (1) Philadelphia 76ers, 1 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • (7) Los Angeles Lakers at (2) Phoenix Suns, 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC/ESPN 3
  • (5) Atlanta Hawks at (4) New York Knicks, 7 p.m. ET on TNT
  • TBD at (1) Utah Jazz, 9:30 p.m. ET on TNT

Monday, May 24

  • (6) Miami Heat at (3) Milwaukee Bucks, 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT
  • (6) Portland Trail Blazers at (3) Denver Nuggets, 10 p.m. ET on TNT

Tuesday, May 25

  • (7) Boston Celtics at (2) Brooklyn Nets, 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT
  • (7) Los Angeles Lakers at (2) Phoenix Suns, 10 p.m. ET on ABC/ESPN 3
  • (5) Dallas Mavericks at (4) Los Angeles Clippers, 10:30 p.m. on NBA TV

Wednesday, May 26

  • TBD at (1) Philadelphia 76ers, 7 p.m. ET on NBA TV
  • (5) Atlanta Hawks at (4) New York Knicks, 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT
  • TBD at (1) Utah Jazz, 10 p.m. ET on TNT

Thursday, May 27

  • (3) Milwaukee Bucks at (6) Miami Heat, 7:30 p.m. ET on TNT
  • (2) Phoenix Suns at (7) Los Angeles Lakers, 10 p.m. ET on TNT
  • (3) Denver Nuggets at (6) Portland Trail Blazers, 10:30 p.m. ET on NBA TV

Friday, May 28

  • (4) New York Knicks at (5) Atlanta Hawks, 7 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • (2) Brooklyn Nets at (7) Boston Celtics, 8:30 p.m. ET on ABC/ESPN 3
  • (4) Los Angeles Clippers at (5) Dallas Mavericks, 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN

Saturday, May 29

  • (3) Milwaukee Bucks at (6) Miami Heat, 1:30 p.m. ET on TNT
  • (3) Denver Nuggets at (6) Portland Trail Blazers, 4 p.m. ET on TNT
  • (1) Philadelphia 76ers at TBD
  • (1) Utah Jazz at TBD

Sunday, May 30

  • (4) New York Knicks at (5) Atlanta Hawks, 1 p.m. ET on ABC/ESPN 3
  • (2) Phoenix Suns at (7) Los Angeles Lakers, 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC
  • (2) Brooklyn Nets at (7) Boston Celtics, 7 p.m. ET on TNT
  • (4) Los Angeles Clippers at (5) Dallas Mavericks, 9:30 p.m. ET on TNT
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March Madness 2021 concludes with the Men’s NCAA Championship Game tonight on CBS – here’s how to watch live without cable

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  • March Madness 2021 will come to a close with the Men’s NCAA Championship Game tonight at 9 p.m. ET.
  • You can watch the game live on CBS through cable or select streaming services like Paramount Plus.
  • Paramount Plus starts at $6 a month for ad-supported streaming.

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March Madness 2021 reaches its conclusion with the Men’s NCAA Championship Game tonight on CBS. You can watch the game live at 9 p.m. ET on cable, or via streaming services with access to CBS, including Paramount Plus. You can sign up for Paramount Plus for as little as $6 a month.

After canceling the annual event for the first time in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NCAA revived its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments for 2021 with precautions in place. Rather than splitting tournament games across several different cities, the NCAA invited all 68 qualifying men’s teams to Indianapolis and the 64 women’s teams to San Antonio.

The Women’s NCAA Championship Game was held on April 4 between the Stanford Cardinal and Arizona Wildcats. Stanford won the game with a final score of 54-53.

March Madness 2021 dates and times

March Madness 2021 began with the First Four on March 18. The Women’s NCAA Championship Game was broadcast on April 4 at 6 p.m. ET. The tournament reaches its end with the Men’s NCAA Championship Game tonight at 9 p.m. ET.

The Men’s Championship Game will pit the Baylor Bears against the Gonzaga Bulldogs at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

How to watch March Madness 2021 Championship Game: Baylor vs. Gonzaga

March Madness will conclude with the Men’s NCAA Championship Game tonight at 9 p.m. ET on CBS. If you don’t have cable or satellite, there are several streaming services you can use.

One of the cheapest options to watch the Men’s NCAA Championship Game is Paramount Plus. The service offers live CBS streaming and on-demand content with ads for just $6 a month. You can get ad-free on-demand streaming for $10 a month.

For detailed impressions on Paramount Plus, check out our full Paramount Plus review and our Paramount Plus guide.

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Another option to stream CBS is Hulu + Live TV. This service offers around 65 channels for $65 a month. You get to watch on two devices at once, and new members get a free one-week trial.

The service also includes access to Hulu’s entire on-demand library of movies and shows.

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Youtube TV features a total of over 85 channels for $65 a month, including CBS. You can get two weeks free up front if you’re new, and you get three simultaneous streams.

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Fubo TV also include access to live CBS streaming in its packages. The service costs $65 a month for its Starter plan with around 120 channels, support for three devices at the same time, and 250 hours of cloud DVR storage. New members can get a free one-week trial.

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March Madness 2021 nears its end with the Final Four this weekend – here’s how to watch every game without cable

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  • The 2021 NCAA Basketball tournament, commonly known as March Madness, began on March 18.
  • This weekend, the men’s Final Four will air on CBS, while the women’s Final Four will air on ESPN.
  • To stream all the games through a single app, we recommend Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV.

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March Madness is nearing its conclusion as the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball tournaments are both down to their Final Four. The women’s Final Four will play first on April 2 with ESPN airing the game live from San Antonio, Texas; CBS will broadcast the Men’s Final Four on April 3 from Indianapolis, Indiana.

After canceling the annual event for the first time in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NCAA revived its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments with precautions in place. Rather than splitting tournament games across several different cities, the NCAA invited all 68 qualifying men’s teams to Indianapolis and the 64 women’s teams to San Antonio.

If you don’t already have access to CBS through your TV provider, you can stream the men’s Final Four and national championship game with a Paramount Plus subscription starting at $6 a month. The women’s Final Four and championship game will only air on ESPN, so if you’re not a cable subscriber you’ll need to pay for a service like Sling, Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV to watch live.

March Madness 2021 dates and times

March Madness 2021 began with the First Four on March 18 and continues with the Final Four this weekend. The tournament will conclude with the Men’s NCAA Championship Game on April 5.

The men’s Final Four will feature a clash of two Texas schools when Houston plays Baylor, while a surprising UCLA team will continue its run towards the school’s 12th tournament championship against Gonzaga, an undefeated powerhouse.

In the women’s tournament, three of the four top seeded teams remain, including the perennial favorite UConn Huskies, led by freshman and AP Player of the Year Paige Bueckers.

Below you can find a chart of the remaining games, dates, and times for the 2021 NCAA Basketball Tournament, as laid out by the official March Madness website.

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Women’s Final Four:
South Carolina (1) vs. Stanford (1)

6 p.m. ET on April 2 ESPN

Women’s Final Four:
Arizona (3) vs. UConn (1)

9:30 p.m. ET on April 2 ESPN

Men’s Final Four:
Houston (2) vs. Baylor (1)

5:14 p.m. ET on April 3 CBS

Men’s Final Four: UCLA (11) vs. Gonzaga (1)

8:34 p.m. ET on April 3 CBS
Women’s Championship Game 6 p.m. ET on April 4 ESPN
Men’s Championship Game 9 p.m. ET on April 5 CBS

How to watch March Madness 2021

The remaining men’s March Madness 2021 games are airing on CBS, while the remaining women’s games are being broadcast on ESPN.

If you don’t have cable or satellite, and you want a single streaming service with access to all of the women’s and men’s March Madness games, Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV will be your best bet.

If you just need access to the men’s games, Paramount Plus is your cheapest option. If you just need access to the women’s games, Sling Orange is your most affordable option.

Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV both offer every March Madness game

Hulu + Live TV offers around 65 channels for $65 a month, including CBS and ESPN. You get to watch on two devices at once, and new members get a free one-week trial. The service also includes access to Hulu’s entire on-demand library of movies and shows.

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Youtube TV features a total of over 85 channels for $65 a month, including CBS and ESPN. You can get two weeks free up front if you’re new, and you get three simultaneous streams.

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You can use Paramount Plus to watch the March Madness games on CBS

If you just want access to the men’s March Madness games on CBS, one of your cheapest options is Paramount Plus. The service offers live CBS streaming along with some exclusive on-demand content for plans starting at just $6 a month.

You can find more information about Paramount Plus in our full guide here.

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You can use Sling Orange to watch the March Madness games on ESPN

If you just want access to the women’s March Madness games on ESPN, Sling TV’s Orange plan is your cheapest streaming option. Sling Orange offers live ESPN along with several other channels for $35 a month. New members can get their first month of service for just $25.

You can find more information about Sling in our full breakdown of Sling TV channels.

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March Madness 2021 is airing on CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV – here’s how to watch every game without cable

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  • March Madness 2021 began on March 18, and will end with the NCAA Championship Game on April 5.
  • Games are spread across CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV through cable and live streaming services.
  • To get access to every channel through a single app, we recommend Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV.

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March Madness, the annual NCAA basketball tournament, is in full swing. CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV are all showing select games, and you can catch the action through several streaming services. Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV are our top recommendations since they include every channel you need for $65 a month.

The NCAA has created two safe sites for this years men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, with 68 men’s teams playing in Indianapolis, Indiana, and 64 women’s teams playing in San Antonio, Texas. The single-elimination tournament will be held over a three-week span to determine which college has the top squad.

Wondering how to get your eyeballs on all these high-stakes contests without a cable subscription? Look no further.

March Madness 2021 dates and times

March Madness 2021 began with the First Four on March 18. The tournament will conclude with the Men’s NCAA Championship Game on April 5.

Below you can find a chart of the remaining dates and times for the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, as laid out by the official March Madness website. For a full breakdown of each game’s specific airing station and time, check out this handy list.

Event Coverage begins Channels
Second round (day two) 12:10 p.m. ET on March 22 CBS, TNT, TBS
Sweet 16 (day one) 2:40 p.m. and 7:25 p.m. ET on March 27 CBS (afternoon), TBS (primetime)
Sweet 16 (day two) 1 p.m and 7 p.m. ET on March 28 CBS (afternoon), TBS (primetime)
Elite Eight (day one) 7 p.m. ET on March 29 CBS
Elite Eight (day two) 6 p.m. ET on March 30 TBS
Final Four 5 p.m. ET on April 3 CBS
NCAA Championship Game 9 p.m. ET on April 5 CBS

The 2021 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament began on March 21, with the Women’s Final Four planned for April 2, and the Women’s National Championship Game scheduled for April 4.

How to watch March Madness 2021

March Madness 2021 games are spread across CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV. The easiest way to watch every game is to use the March Madness Live website or streaming app, and sign in with a supported cable or satellite provider. From there, you can stream every game in the whole enchilada.

If you don’t have cable or satellite, and you want a single streaming service with access to all four March Madness networks, Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV will be your best bet.

Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV both offer every March Madness game

Hulu + Live TV offers around 65 channels for $65 a month, including CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV. You get to watch on two devices at once, and new members get a free one-week trial. The service also includes access to Hulu’s entire on-demand library of movies and shows.

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Youtube TV features a total of over 85 channels for $65 a month, including CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV. You can get two weeks free up front if you’re new, and you get three simultaneous streams.

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You can use Paramount Plus to watch the March Madness games on CBS

If you just want access to the March Madness games on CBS, one of your cheapest options is Paramount Plus. The service offers live CBS streaming along with some exclusive on-demand content for plans starting at just $6 a month.

You can find more information about Paramount Plus in our full guide here.

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You can use Sling TV to watch the March Madness games on TNT and TBS

If you just want to stream the games on TNT, TBS, and TruTV, and you don’t want or need CBS, then Sling TV is the most affordable streaming service you can use.

Sling has two basic packages: Sling Orange and Sling Blue. The Blue plan offers all three Turner networks, but Orange is missing TruTV. Blue will run you $35 a month, and you can watch three simultaneous streams.

Sling’s three-day free trial won’t get you the whole tournament, but you could watch a solid slate of games that way. Remember, though: no CBS with Sling.

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March Madness 2021 begins tonight with the first games on TBS and TruTV – here’s how to watch every matchup without cable

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  • March Madness 2021 will begin with the First Four on March 18 at 5:10 p.m. ET.
  • Games will be spread across CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV through cable and live streaming services.
  • To get access to every channel through a single app, we recommend Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV.

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March is upon us, and you know what that means. The sports community – and the sports betting community – are gearing up for this year’s edition of March Madness, the annual NCAA basketball tournament.

The NCAA has created two safe sites for this years men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, with 68 men’s teams playing in Indianapolis, Indiana, and 64 women’s teams playing in San Antonio, Texas. The single-elimination tournament will be held over a three-week span to determine which college has the top squad, and which fight song will play as colorful confetti rains down and the champs cut down the nets.

Last year’s tournament was canceled for the first time in NCAA history as the COVID-19 outbreak swelled. With the pandemic still looming, Indiana will limit the normally raucous crowds to 25% of their normal capacity. That said, millions will no doubt be watching remotely with baited breath to see which team will capture the first title since Virginia’s 2019 win.

Wondering how to get your eyeballs on all these high-stakes contests without a cable subscription? Look no further.

March Madness 2021 dates and times

March Madness 2021 began with Selection Sunday determining the tournament bracket on March 14. The tournament will commence with the First Four on March 18 starting at 5:10 p.m. ET. Below you can find a chart of the key dates and times for 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, as laid out by the official NCAA March Madness website.

For a full breakdown of each game’s specific airing station and time, check out this handy list.

Event Coverage begins Channels
Selection Sunday

6 p.m. ET on March 14

CBS
First Four

5:10 p.m. ET on March 18

TruTV, TBS
First round (day one) 12:15 p.m. ET on March 19 CBS, TruTV, TNT, TBS
First round (day two) 12:15 p.m. ET on March 20 CBS, TruTV, TNT, TBS
Second round (day one) 12 p.m. ET on March 21 CBS, TruTV, TNT, TBS
Second round (day two) 12 p.m. ET on March 22 CBS, TruTV, TNT, TBS
Sweet 16 (day one) 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. ET on March 27 CBS (afternoon), TBS (primetime)
Sweet 16 (day two) 1 p.m and 7 p.m. ET on March 28 CBS (afternoon), TBS (primetime)
Elite Eight (day one) 7 p.m. ET on March 29 CBS
Elite Eight (day two) 6 p.m. ET on March 30 TBS
Final Four 5 p.m. ET on April 3 CBS
NCAA Championship Game 9 p.m. ET on April 5 CBS

The 2021 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament will begin on March 21, with the Women’s Final Four planned for April 2, and the Women’s National Championship Game scheduled for April 4.

How to watch March Madness 2021

The easiest way to watch March Madness 2021 – which you likely have already figured out if you’ve got the credentials – is to use the March Madness Live website or streaming app, and sign in with a supported cable or satellite provider. From there, you can stream every game in the whole enchilada.

If you’re reading this article, however, you’re probably saying to yourself, “But I don’t have cable. That’s why I’m here.” Right! Well, there are other ways to watch, so fear not.

Games are being spread across CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV, and there are several streaming services that include one or more of those channels. If you want a single service with access to all four March Madness networks, Hulu + Live TV or YouTube TV will be your best bet. Each service costs $65 a month.

If you just want access to some of the channels, we’ve broken additional details on streaming options for each network below.

How to watch the CBS games without cable

As a network station, there are many ways to stream CBS if you don’t already have a cable or satellite package.

Paramount Plus

One of the cheapest ways to get live CBS streaming access is via Paramount Plus. The service offers some exclusive on-demand content in addition to live streaming for plans starting at just $6 a month. You can find more information about Paramount Plus in our full guide here.

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Live streaming services with CBS

For people who want a larger assortment of channels to go along with CBS, live streaming services like Hulu + Live TV, AT&T TV, Youtube TV, and FuboTV all have you covered. Crucially, Sling does not offer CBS, so don’t go that route.

How to watch the Turner games without cable

Since TBS, TNT, and TruTV are all Turner networks, they all fall under the same subscription umbrellas. Unfortunately, their availability doesn’t overlap perfectly with CBS, which would have made this guide a little bit simpler and shorter. Alas!

Youtube TV

Youtube TV includes all the Turner networks and CBS, which makes it pretty enticing, but it does run $65 a month. You can get two weeks free up front if you’re new, and you get three simultaneous streams.

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Hulu with Live TV

Hulu also offers live streaming with all four networks included. It costs $65 a month, though you can plop down an extra $7 a month to get a bundle with Disney Plus and ESPN+ as well. You can get a week free to start, and you get to watch on two devices at once.

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You’ll get CBS and the Turner networks with the “base” tier of AT&T TV, called “Entertainment,” though it does run $70 a month. You can watch on three devices at the same time, but there does not appear to be any sort of available free trial.

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Sling Blue

Sling has two basic packages: Sling Orange and Sling Blue. The Blue plan offers all three Turner networks, but Orange is missing TruTV. Blue will run you $35 a month, and you can watch three simultaneous streams. A three-day free trial won’t get you the whole tournament, but you could watch a solid slate of games that way. Remember, though: no CBS with Sling.

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How to watch the 2021 NBA All-Star Game this Sunday on TNT

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  • The 2021 NBA All-Star Game is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET on March 7.
  • You can watch the event on TNT through cable or live streaming services.
  • At $35 a month, Sling is the cheapest streaming platform with access to the game.

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Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the time-honored tradition of annual sporting events helps to assuage the pain of quarantine, even if most of us will have to curtail plans for our usual in-person gatherings. The NBA All-Star Game, showing off the skills of basketball’s best and brightest each year, is set to proceed on schedule this Sunday despite some protestations from notable players. 

Traditionally, the All-Star Game is part of NBA All-Star Weekend, which features a series of competitions over a three-day period. This year, the events will all take place in one night, with the game itself, a Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest, and Slam Dunk Contest all scheduled for March 7.

Last season, the league shook up the All-Star Game format by allowing leading vote-getters to act as captains for team selection, and implemented the Elam Ending to make the final minutes more exciting. That draft format will continue this year with LeBron James and Kevin Durant making selections on March 4 at 8 p.m. ET on TNT.

Joining them in the starting lineup are Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, Bradley Beal, and Kyrie Irving in the East, with Jayson Tatum tabbed as Durant’s fill-in. The West starters include Stephen Curry, Nikola Jokic, Kawhi Leonard, and Luka Doncic. This writer is still a little salty about the exclusion of Damian Lillard, but that’s neither here nor there.

Fans who want to watch the All-Star Game live have several platforms to choose from, including cable and live streaming services. Check out a full rundown of viewing options below.

How to watch the NBA All-Star Game

If you have a cable TV subscription, you can watch the NBA All-Star Game on TNT. The event starts at 6:30 p.m ET on March 7, and the game itself will begin at 8 p.m. ET.  You can also watch the event live using the TNT app on all your favorite platforms, but you need an authenticated pay-TV provider to sign in. 

Before the games starts, fans can watch the Skills Challenge and Three-Point Contest at 6:30 p.m. ET. The Slam Dunk Contest will then take place during halftime.

If you don’t have a cable subscription, read on for a breakdown of all the ways you can stream the NBA All-Star Game this weekend.

Streaming services with TNT

For the last decade or so, cable alternatives have become commonplace, offering a slightly more targeted option to those who don’t want to shell out for a hefty cable bill. 

They aren’t all that much cheaper than cable anymore – cost creep is real – but many offer free trials and they should all be available on most media devices, whether you use a laptop, a streaming stick, a smart TV, or a game console. For those wondering, neither FuboTV nor PhiloTV currently offer TNT in their streaming packages.

Sling TV

Sling TV is, by now, the elder statesman of the cord-cutting family. Most have heard of Sling and are at least somewhat familiar with how it works. Still, its two-package offering isn’t necessarily self-explanatory. 

If getting TNT is your goal, you can opt for either Sling Orange or Sling Blue. The two have different channel packages but both include the Turner flagship network. Each plan costs $35 a month, or you can drop $50 for both combined (this should be called Sling Brown, but it’s not). 

Sling Blue allows three simultaneous streams, whereas Orange limits you to one, so keep that in mind if you’ve got friends or family who are also interested. A three-day free trial will get you free access to the All-Star Game if you time it right and remember to cancel.

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Youtube TV

Youtube TV may be the most comprehensive offering of any popular live streaming platform, with more than 85 channels, but it’s also one of the priciest, clocking in at $65 a month with no opportunity to pick and choose more svelte packages for less money. 

TNT is, of course, included. Currently, the service is offering a two-week free trial, though availability and length does vary, so we can’t currently guarantee that will still be on the table come game time. Youtube TV allows three simultaneous streams.

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Hulu + Live TV

If you’re an NBA fan, you probably know Hulu has live sports. I mean, if you haven’t heard it from Giannis Antetokounmpo, Damian Lillard, and Joel Embiid already, are you even a fan? (Just kidding. No gatekeeping here.) 

Hulu actually offers less channels than Youtube TV for the same $65 price tag, but it does include access to Hulu’s entire library of on-demand shows and movies. There’s also a nifty $72 monthly bundle that adds access to ESPN+ and Disney Plus, so if you’re a huge sports fan or a parent that’s a viable route. 

With Hulu + Live TV, you’ll be able to watch on two devices at once. A seven-day free trial awaits, should you choose to provide your credit card number.

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AT&T TV 

AT&T TV is the streaming arm of the telecom giant’s TV division. With the different package tiers, you’re essentially getting the same thing you would get with their cable packages, just boxed up in some different wrapping paper. 

The “base” tier, called Entertainment, costs $70 and includes more than 65 channels (like TNT) with a ton of on-demand content to boot. Jump up to the $85 Choice package and you’ll get a “complimentary” subscription to HBO Max and NBA League Pass, plus an extra 25-30 channels. You can watch three simultaneous streams with an AT&T TV account. 

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LeBron James and Anthony Davis won the NBA Finals in their first season as teammates on the Los Angeles Lakers.

  • The 2020-21 NBA season tipped off on December 22, less than 75 days after the conclusion of last year’s NBA Finals.
  • Team schedules are shortened from 82 to 72 games for the regular season, and the league’s calendar is condensed.
  • Regular season games will air on ESPN, TNT, ABC, NBA TV, and local team affiliate stations.
  • You can find one or more of those channels on live TV streaming like AT&T TV, Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, YouTube TV, and more.

The 2020-21 NBA season is now underway, with all 30 teams scheduled to play 72 games on a condensed calendar due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The start of the season comes less than 75 days after the conclusion of the last NBA season, which saw the Los Angeles Lakers prevail over the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals.

The championship duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis make the Lakers the favorites to win the finals again this year, but teams like the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers enter the season with overhauled rosters and their own championship aspirations.

Earlier this year, the NBA was able to finish the regular season and playoffs with 22 teams at a quarantined site in Orlando, but teams will be traveling for games during the 2020-21 season. Fans won’t be allowed at games to start the season, and the NBA has installed a detailed protocol to prepare teams for potential coronavirus outbreaks.

The NBA season usually starts in October, but the pandemic pushed the start back to December 22. So far, the NBA has only released the first half of the season schedule in order to account for potential conflicts and other issues that may crop up during the winter. The NBA Playoffs typically begin in April, with the finals ending in June.

Updated on 12/23/2020 by Kevin Webb: This article has been revised with details for the 2020-21 NBA season.

How to watch the 2020-21 NBA regular season

The NBA season began on December 22; games are broadcast on ESPN, TNT, ABC, NBA TV and local team affiliates. You can stream games via the ESPN app, NBA.com, TNT.com, ABC.com, or ABC app if you have an authenticated pay-TV provider with access to those channels. 

Live TV streaming services also offer select NBA games, including platforms like Sling TV, AT&T TV, Hulu + Live TV, Fubo TV, and YouTube TV.

AT&T TV is one of the most comprehensive options for streaming the NBA season. The service includes ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV under its Choice plan for $65 a month. As part of a limited-time offer, AT&T TV is even including NBA League Pass Premium when you sign up for its Choice plan or above. NBA League Pass Premium offers access to live, out-of-market regular season games.

YouTubeTV also offers ABC, ESPN, TNT, and NBA TV for $65 a month, providing full access to all of the major broadcast networks that show NBA games.

Meanwhile, Sling TV includes ESPN and TNT as part of its Orange plan for $30 a month. Subscribers can add NBA TV via the Sling Sports Extra package for an additional $10 a month. Alternatively, you can add NBA League Pass to an Orange membership for an extra $29 a month. On the downside, Sling does not include ABC. 

Hulu + Live TV features access to ESPN, TNT, and ABC for $65 a month. However, NBA TV is not offered.

FuboTV includes ESPN, ABC, and NBA TV for $80 a month under its Elite plan, but TNT is not currently available.

You can also sign up to stream the NBA TV channel directly for $7 per month or $60 per year.

What is NBA League Pass?

NBA League Pass is also available as a subscription service on its own. League Pass gives you access to hundreds of NBA games, including ones that are outside of your local TV market. With that said, local blackouts apply, and League Pass does not include games that are nationally televised.

You can pay $120 to watch one team’s games all year, or $200 to access every team. The commercial free League Pass Premium costs $250 for the season. League Pass also allows monthly payments starting at $18, but you’ll end up paying almost twice as much as the annual cost if you pay monthly all season.

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