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March Madness the season is here. With 68 teams playing in 67 live games across the country from Houston, Texas to New York City, there’s plenty of action to be had over the next month, including tonight’s Round of 16 game: Arkansas Razorbacks vs. Kansas Jayhawks.

If you want to tune in in time for tip-off, here’s what you need to know: Today’s game starts at 5:15pm on CBSand the best way to watch if you don’t have an old school cable package is with Paramount+.

The best way to watch tonight’s game:

Paramount+ Premium, $10/month

Available ways to watch most March Madness games:

Sling TV Orange & Blue, $30 (reduced from $60) for first month

Bundle with every March Madness game:

DirecTV Stream “Ultimate” tier, $110 and up per month

How to watch the Razorbacks vs. Jayhawks game today

#1 Kansas vs. #8 Arkansas starts today at 5:15 PM ET. You can watch Kansas vs. Arkansas on CBS. Our recommendation for watching tonight’s game? Paramount+.

All March Madness games broadcast on CBS will be available to stream simultaneously with Paramount+ premium subscription. Paramount+ has two plans: an ad-supported Essential plan available for $5 per month and an ad-free Premium plan available for $10 per month. You can also try any Paramount+ level for free for 7 days.

Paramount+, $5 and up per month

How to watch First Round March Madness games:

Stay tuned for the March Madness schedule. CBS Essentials knows where to watch the upcoming Round of 16 games.

Saturday, March 18 (Final Round of 32. All times Eastern)

  • #5 San Diego State vs. #13 Furman | 12:10 | CBS
  • #4 Tennessee vs. #5 Duke | 14:40 | CBS
  • #1 Kansas vs. #8 Arkansas | 17:15 | CBS
  • #7 Missouri vs. #15 Princeton | 18:10 | TNT
  • #1 Houston vs. #9 Auburn | 19:10 | TBS
  • #2 Texas vs. #10 Penn State | 19:45 | CBS
  • #2 UCLA vs. #7 Northwestern | 20:40 | TNT
  • #1 Alabama vs. #8 Maryland | 21:40 | TBS

Sunday, March 19 (Round of 16. All Times Eastern)

You can view the complete men’s grid on CBS sports. Here’s how to watch all the upcoming games CBSTNT, ESPN and more.

Where to watch March Madness games?

NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament - National Championship

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While CBS serves as the official cable home for this year’s Men’s March Madness tournament, live NCAA basketball games will also be broadcast on TBS, TNT and truTV. The 2023 women’s tournament will be broadcast on ESPN.


North Carolina vs. Duke

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All March Madness games broadcast on CBS will be available to stream simultaneously with Paramount+ premium subscription. Paramount+ has two plans: an ad-supported Essential plan available for $5 per month and an ad-free Premium plan available for $10 per month. You can also try any Paramount+ level for free for 7 days.

Paramount+ Premium, $10/month

Sling TV

Ohio State vs. Villanova

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One cost-effective way to stream basketball is with a subscription to Sling TV. There’s a special deal right now – Sling TV is offering $20 off your first month. (Sling TV typically costs $40 and up per month for plans that include live sports.) There’s no long-term contract, so you can sign up just to stream March Madness basketball games and cancel later if you want.

Sling Orange & Blue starts at just $30 for your first month and will give you access to games on TBS, TNT, truTV and ESPN. It also gives you 50 hours of DVR (Cloud) storage so you can record any games you missed or watch good games back and you can watch on three devices (so you can hypothetically share this subscription with everyone else in your network pool). The best part of Sling? there are no contracts or long-term commitments. Cancel whenever you want – even if it’s right after your team loses!

Sling TV also offers NBA TV through its sports app. For $11 each month, you can get NBA TV, NHL Network, MLB Network, Tennis Channel and more.

Sling TV Orange & Blue, $30 (reduced from $60) for first month

Hulu + Live TV

North Carolina vs. Duke

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A Hulu Live TV subscription offers access to all the major channels broadcasting the 2023 March Madness games, including your local CBS channel, TBS, TNT and truTV. Additionally, Hulu + Live TV can now be bundled with ad-supported Disney+ and ESPN+, giving you access to every March Madness 2023 game. You’ll also get access to more than 65 other live and on-demand sports, news and entertainment channels.

Hulu + Live TV, $70 and up per month

DirecTV Stream: TBS, TNT, TruTV, CBS Sports Network, ESPN

Pittsburgh vs. Duke

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Stream DirecTV it’s certainly not cheap, but it’s worth $110″Final” tier gives you all the networks an NCAA fan could want, including TBS, TNT, TruTV, CBS Sports Network (which also offers NCAA tournament coverage in addition to CBS) and ESPN. Plus NBC, Fox and more.

Prices for DirecTV Stream services start at $75 per month. But to get all the channels you’ll need for March Madness, you’ll need the “Ultimate” tier, which costs a whopping $110 a month.

DirecTV Stream, $75 and up per month

Watch local CBS with an Amplified HDTV antenna

Digital TV antenna with enhanced HD


Most March Madness games will be broadcast on local CBS affiliates, so a digital antenna is a great option for watching the game if you don’t have a cable or streaming subscription. This HDTV antenna, an Amazon bestseller, claims a range of 200 miles and comes with a 17-foot coaxial cable. Amazon reviewers rated it 4 stars.

HDTV Antenna with Gain, $22 after coupon (reduced from $27)

Who is playing in NCAA March Madness 2023?

This year’s NCAA March Madness tournament will feature 68 Division I college basketball teams.

To see the full lineup of teams, head over to our sister site, CBS Sports.

March Madness 2023 schedule:

March Madness 2023 Schedule (Men’s):

March 12: Election Sunday
March 14-15: the first four
March 16-17: First round
March 18-19: second round
March 23-24: Sweet 16
March 25-26: elite eight
April 1: Final Four
April 3: NCAA Championship Game

March Madness 2023 schedule (for women):

March 15-16: the first four
March 17-18: First round
March 19-20: second round
March 24-25: Sweet 16
March 26-27: elite eight
March 31: Final Four
April 2: NCAA Women’s Championship Game

The best TV deals ahead of March Madness 2023

If you’re looking to create the best possible home NCAA Tournament experience, it may be time to upgrade your home theater. Keep reading for the best deals great TVs for watching sports and more.

LG G2 OLED evo Gallery Edition Smart TV: $1,997


LG via Amazon

Designed to compete with Samsung’s ‘The Frame’, this LG TV features a “wall-hugging” gallery design, according to the brand. This smart TV is designed to blend in easily with any other wall art you may have.

The OLED TV features 4K upscaling, Filmmaker mode to enhance the viewing experience with Dolby Vision IQ and Dolby Atmos, and built-in access to Netflix, Prime Video, Apple TV plus, Disney Plus and LG channels.

An Amazon customer called the TV “the best 4K panel I’ve ever owned.” “The panel really looks like the painting on the wall that hangs in my viewing room,” they commented.

LG G2 OLED evo Gallery Edition 65-inch Smart TV, $1,997 (regularly $3,000)

Sony Bravia XR OLED 4K 65-inch TV: $1,698



The 65-inch Sony Bravia XR OLED 4K TV has a cognitive processor designed to provide intense contrast with pure blacks, high peak brightness and natural colors. Thanks to Acoustic Surface Audio+ technology, the screen there is speaker. This Smart TV has access to Google TV and works with most voice assistants.

Sony Bravia XR 4K 65-inch OLED TV, $1,698 (reduced from $2,300)

Amazon Fire TV Omni 4K Series 75-inch Smart TV: $800



this 75-inch Amazon Fire TV offers a 4K UHD display and enhanced color and clarity thanks to Dolby Vision. The TV also supports voice control with Amazon Alexa. Its high picture quality and large size make this TV a good choice for football fans — and it’s hard to find such a large screen at such a low price. This deal is exclusive to Prime members, but non-Prime buyers can still purchase the TV for $800.

Amazon Fire TV 75-inch Omni 4K Series Smart TV, $800 (reduced from $1,100)

TCL Roku 65-inch Smart TV: $368


TCL via Walmart

This top-rated TCL Roku TV is an ultra-affordable option that uses Roku’s user-friendly interface.

“I recently bought this TV last week and I’m really impressed with its great picture, great sound and easy setup.” wrote a Walmart customer. “If you want a TV at an affordable price, TCL is the way to go. I have nothing negative to say about the TV and would buy this brand again in the near future.”

TCL Roku 4K 65-inch Smart TV, $368

Amazon Fire 4-Series TV 55″ 4K with Built-in Alexa: $340

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A medium-sized TV with a diagonal of 55 to 65 inches is the perfect size for many living rooms. The best viewing distance for a 55-inch 4K TV, for example this model, is 4.5 to seven feet. This leaves enough room for people to get up and walk by to get additional snacks from the game schedule.

Amazon Fire 4-Series TV 55″ 4K TV with built-in Alexa, $340 (reduced from $520)

55″ Elements 4K Outdoor Roku TV: $1,168



This weatherproof IP55 TV with HDR10 is designed for outdoor use all year round — it operates in temperatures from -4ºF to 104ºF. It has a tempered screen with an anti-glare coating that is bright enough for use in sunlight.

Elements 55-inch 4K Outdoor TV, $1,168

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