The Best Internet Service for Streaming March Madness
Pretzels, popcorn, and giant foam fingers: these things pair perfectly with an exciting basketball game. Buffering and March Madness®, on the other hand, should never go together. The last thing you want when you’re streaming this year’s March Madness action is to miss the game-winning buzzer-beater because of a slow internet connection.
From Selection Sunday to the championship Final Four, you can stream all 67 games free through the NCAA® March Madness Live website and apps. Games can also be streamed through the CBS Sports website and app (CBS is the official home of March Madness), but note that games are spread across several networks — CBS, TNT, TBS, and truTV. Though CBS allows free streaming, TNT, TBS, and truTV require a cable TV login.
We recommend an internet speed of at least 5 Mbps for live streaming. Ensure you’ll never miss an upset by using an Internet Service Provider (ISP) with the fastest speed. Here are our top picks:
DISH® Internet packages range in speed from 5 Mbps up to 40 Mbps, depending on your location. Luckily, coverage reaches across the US. DISH offers package deals when you bundle high-speed Internet with a DISH TV plan, saving you money on your bill each month.
Optional add-on sports channels are also available, including NBA LEAGUE PASS — just in case March Madness’s 67 games aren’t quite enough basketball for you. And the DISH Anywhere™ app lets you watch live NCAA games through your DISH subscription on your mobile device.
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With speeds ranging from 2 Mbps up to 300 Mbps in some areas, internet packages from Time Warner Cable® are undeniably fast. As the second largest cable company in the US, TWC lets customers bundle internet, TV, and home phone plans for better deals.
On top of that, TWC includes its TV Everywhere service with its basic cable subscription and offers 500,000 Wi-Fi hotspots across the country. Most packages also offer TWC email accounts and storage space as well as the option to buy your own modem rather than paying a monthly rental fee.
The largest cable provider in the US, XFINITY® Internet packages are available in 40 states and offer speeds from 10 Mbps up to 2,000 Mbps in some locations. XFINITY also offers millions of hotspots nationwide so you can still watch your favorite matchups right from your device even if you’re on the road. XFINITY internet customers can bundle with cable TV for better deals and access to extra NCAA bonus content.
CenturyLink® high-speed internet can stream March Madness games at speeds of up 1 Gbps in some areas, perfect for households with multiple devices streaming at the same time. CenturyLink offers its own TV service, Prism TV, in select areas. Where Prism TV is not available, CenturyLink offers TV bundle packages with DIRECTV®, which provides access to a wide selection of premium sports packages. Its 3-Year Price-Lock Guarantee is available for phone and Internet bundles.
High-speed internet connection plans through Verizon range from 1 Mbps to 500 Mbps. The company is the first to offer 100% fiber optic internet to the home via Verizon FiOS®, available in select areas. With bundle packages, customers may be able to get high-speed internet plus phone and/or TV, depending on their location. Some packages also offer a high-speed wireless router at no additional cost and remote router management with the My FiOS app.
Just because your productivity is going to take a nosedive during March Madness doesn’t mean your internet speed should, too. With a fast internet service provider, you can fill out your NCAA bracket with the peace of mind that comes with knowing you’ll be able to watch every upset. Invest in lightning fast live streaming options now to enjoy one of the most exciting sporting events of the year.
*Please note that pricing and speeds can vary widely depending on where you live and your market, and not all speeds are available in all areas.