Don’t Tell Your Boss: How To Stream March Madness Tournament

The 67-game March Madness basketball tournament begins Tuesday, with many games taking place during the day when you're, ahem, supposed to be working.

Fortunately for you -- but not your bosses -- all NCAA Tournament games will be available online. For many of the early round games, though, you'll need a password through your cable or satellite TV subscription. The television networks no longer offer a stand-alone subscription you can buy without cable.

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The best places to watch: 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 24 games, including the national championship and the Final Four. These games won't require a cable or satellite password through the app or website, but they are viewable only on phones, tablets and computers -- not streaming devices such as Apple TV, Roku or Fire TV.

You'll need a password for the remaining games, which are split among the Turner-owned cable channels -- TBS, TNT and truTV. There's a three-hour grace period on most devices. You could get some 40 devices to watch all the games for free, but getting cable service might be cheaper. Streaming devices are OK for watching, but there's no grace period. Games also will be available on individual apps for TBS, TNT and truTV -- again with a password.

On desktops and laptops, the website will have a "boss button" on the upper right corner. One click replaces the game with a fake screenshot of a note-taking or PowerPoint-like app.

No Password?

Consider subscribing to an online television package.

If you want just the CBS games and don't have an antenna, you can get CBS All Access starting at $6 a month. This service is required to watch CBS games on a streaming TV device. You can time the free week...

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