It’s the time of year for the office to be taken over by ten thousand pieces of paper with brackets on them. Fistfights over getting that last billion-dollar entry in, and the office homers convincing you this is the year your local college team will win it all. That’s right, it’s college hoops tournament season.
You may recall last year I discussed using the wireless set-top boxes as a way to watch all the action, and not miss a minute. While I’d still recommend utilizing that awesome technology, there is a streamlined way to go this year. TDS TV® customers will be able to access unlimited live coverage of the NCAA tournament games if you’re an Expanded or Expanded Plus subscriber.
It’s really easy too. You can log in directly here—or you can download the NCAA March Madness Live app on your Android or Apple device. Once you are on the web page or in the app, you simply need to type in your TDS portal user id and password, and you’re good to go. Hours of live streaming are either a click, or a push away. You can also visit tdstelecom.com/howtowatch for instructions.
If you’re superstitious, not tech savvy, or maybe just a television purist, you can still watch the games on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV as well. If you’re a Basic subscriber only, I’d first recommend you upgrade—but I can also happily tell you that you’ll get 3 hours of free viewing as well. Hopefully it’s enough to root your team on for two games. If you’re a DISH customer, you can use your DISH login and password as well.
If you decide to download the app, you can easily view the tournament schedule, fill out a bracket of your own and even check out the latest news from the world of the tournament. I know I’m going to be cheering for the Wisconsin Badgers to go all the way to the Final Four – hopefully with TDS TV, you can root your team on too. (Unless they play Wisconsin – then you should reconsider your allegiances ;-)).
This year will mark my 18th year at TDS. This year also marks the 18th year I’ve taken off to watch the first two days of the NCAA Tournament to watch an alarming amount of basketball with my buddies over a two day period. Like our venues, which have greatly improved from basements in student housing to full-blown man caves, the viewing experience has also greatly improved over the years.
To give TV coverage of EVERY game to the everyday customer without the price of a special package, NCAA created a live streaming service available to subscribers of participating providers.
This year, TDS TV has been added to the list of participating subscribers and I am very excited to be able to use the service this year. I’ve already downloaded the March Madness Live mobile app and used it on my tablet to watch the Selection Show on Sunday night. Navigating the app is a little clunky, but once I was able to sign in using my TDS account, I was able to also watch the Tuesday night Play-In games as well.
As you’ve seen in past blogs, I am an avid sports fan. March is my absolute favorite time of year and I cannot wait to get the full effect of this year’s experience, starting Thursday!