Steam­ing March Mad­ness when boss isn’t around

Manteca Bulletin - - Nation -

NEW YORK (AP) — March Mad­ness be­gins Tues­day. And that may mean strate­giz­ing to sneak in some games when the boss isn’t look­ing.

For­tu­nately for you — though not your boss — all 67 games in the NCAA men’s col­lege bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment will be avail­able online. Many of the games, in­clud­ing the Fi­nal Four, will re­quire a pass­word through your ca­ble or satel­lite TV sub­scrip­tion.

Among the changes this year: a spe­cial stream to get the hot mo­ments live when mul­ti­ple games are played si­mul­ta­ne­ously dur­ing the first round. There are also new ways to sub­scribe to online TV pack­ages, which stream many of the chan­nels you’d get from a ca­ble sub­scrip­tion.

Here’s a viewer’s guide:

HAPPY STREAM­ING

The best places to watch: http:// www.ncaa.com/march­mad­ness or the NCAA March Mad­ness Live app. All the games will be there, re­gard­less of where they are tele­vised.

CBS is tele­vis­ing 21 games, in­clud­ing two of the quar­ter­fi­nals. These games won’t re­quire a ca­ble or satel­lite pass­word. To view on a stream­ing de­vice such as Ap­ple TV, Roku or Fire TV, you need a $6-a-month sub­scrip­tion to CBS All Ac­cess, or a sub­scrip­tion to one of those ca­ble­like online pack­ages.

You’ll need a pass­word for the re­main­ing games, which are split among the Turnerowned ca­ble chan­nels — TBS, TNT and truTV. That in­cludes the semi­fi­nals and cham­pi­onship game, known col­lec­tively as the Fi­nal Four. There’s a three-hour grace pe­riod on most de­vices. Games also will be avail­able on in­di­vid­ual apps for TBS, TNT and truTV — again with a pass­word.

On desk­tops and lap­tops, the March Mad­ness web­site will have a “boss but­ton.” One click re­places the game with a fake screen­shot of a search engine, spread­sheet or Pow­erPoint-like app — your choice, but set it up ahead of time.

NO PASS­WORD?

Con­sider sub­scrib­ing to an online tele­vi­sion pack­age. These pack­ages will let you watch through the ser­vice di­rectly or through the March Mad­ness Live app and web­site.

There are some new ones since last year’s tour­na­ment, in­clud­ing Google’s YouTube TV and Hulu with Live TV, join­ing AT&T’s DirecTV Now and Sony’s PlaySta- tion Vue from be­fore. The ser­vices cost $35 or $40 a month. Dish’s Sling TV costs $25, but doesn’t come with CBS. A sports-fo­cused ser­vice, fuboTV, has CBS but not the Turner net­works, so strike that.

Even ser­vices that in­clude CBS might not of­fer the lo­cal CBS sta­tion where you live. Check be­fore you sub­scribe by en­ter­ing your ZIP code. To get CBS, you can also sub­scribe to All Ac­cess or use an an­tenna.

KEEP­ING UP

With Vue on a PlayS­ta­tion 4 de­vice, you can watch three chan­nels on the same screen at once. This means you can keep up with games be­ing tele­vised si­mul­ta­ne­ously on dif­fer­ent chan­nels, or have a talk show tak­ing up one of the three streams. Vue of­fers just one game at a time on other de­vices.

The March Mad­ness app on Ap­ple TV also of­fers three games si­mul­ta­ne­ously, up from two last year.

Oth­er­wise, you can have mul­ti­ple browser tabs open or watch si­mul­ta­ne­ously on a phone and a per­sonal com­puter.

A new feature called Fast Break will switch from game to game au­to­mat­i­cally dur­ing the first round, de­pend­ing on the ac­tion. It’s sim­i­lar to the NFL RedZone or the Olympics’ Gold Zone. It’s avail­able through the March Mad­ness app on var­i­ous de­vices and browsers.

With Hulu, you can choose your fa­vorite teams, and its liveTV ser­vice will send phone alerts and au­to­mat­i­cally record games in­volv­ing those teams. Those with the ba­sic Hulu ser­vice, with­out the live chan­nels, will get con­densed ver­sions of games af­ter they end.

HEAR­ING IT

West­wood One’s ra­dio cov­er­age of all games will be avail­able with no pass­word needed. You can also get this on Ama­zon’s Echo de­vices by ask­ing the Alexa dig­i­tal as­sis­tant for the score.

VIR­TUAL RE­AL­ITY

In­tel will be pro­duc­ing some games in vir­tual re­al­ity. This time, it’ll work with Google Day­dream head­sets as well, not just Sam­sung’s Gear VR. De­tails on prices and the spe­cific games haven’t been an­nounced yet. Keep in mind that VR is no re­place­ment for tele­vi­sion; TV can get you much closer to the ac­tion with cam­era zooms than VR, which typ­i­cally an­chors you in a fixed lo­ca­tion.

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