NCAA Basketball Championship 2018: Live Streaming without Cable on Apple TV

The March Madness 2018 schedule was just released, so with less than a month until the First Four games, of course it’s time to talk about how to live stream the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament! Maybe you caught March Madness 2017 via cable last year, but want to cut the cord this year and live stream March Madness 2018. Possibly you’ve been streaming national championship basketball games for some time but are searching for a new way to watch NCAA basketball online or on your Apple TV. Either way, there are lots of options you can use to stream the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament games. Let’s get started learning how to live stream all the March Madness games to our Apple TVs.

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NCAA Basketball Championship 2018: Live Streaming without Cable on Apple TV

Live Streaming Schedule: March Madness Bracket 2018

We’ll find out which teams have made the cut for this year’s championships on Selection Sunday, March 11, at 6 p.m. Eastern Time, followed by the First Four on March 13 and 14. That gives us a little less than a month until the First Four, so let’s get cracking!

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Now that you know which days to anticipate live streaming, you can decide which games you’d like to catch as soon as Selection Sunday announcements happen. Here’s the official bracket for 2018 so you can fill it in as the 68 teams are announced. Remember, you can’t catch every game live, but the beauty of many of the streaming services we’ll learn about is their ability to archive games to watch another time. This is perfect if you have work or other obligations, if there is more than one game you’d like to see happening simultaneously, or if you’d just like to record a favorite team playing so you can watch again later! 

For any of the options below, you need to know that offerings vary from region to region. The key to discovering whether or not you’ll be able to watch March Madness with one or more of these choices is to know which games will be on which channels.

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Now that you know where to catch the games, check with each cable alternative to see if these channels are offered in your area so you can discover whether the games you’d like to see will be streaming. In an unfortunate new twist on live streaming sports, the First Four will be shown only on tru tv. Tru tv is a live-streaming website that is free, but only as long as you’re subscribed to cable through one of their affiliates. Another way to access Tru TV is to subscribe to a streaming service that includes it in their offerings.

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Stream March Madness 2018 With OTA TV

Compatability: Varies between manufacturers. 

Cost: Prices vary from company to company; I’ve seen anywhere from $ 17.99 – $ 149.99. 

Pros: Free content from local broadcasters.

Cons: Some companies charge a monthly fee to use the app associated with their antenna. 

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OTA stands for over the air, in other words, an antenna! Yes, it’s true, you can legally pick up locally broadcasted channels and stream them to your Apple TV with an antenna. While you might be envisioning the old-fashioned version that looks like a laundry rack attached to your roof, there are now lots of OTA options that stay right inside your house. Some can boost signals, as well, which is really helpful if you live in a rural area. There are lots of choices, so use this cool tool the NCAA provides to figure out which games are broadcast in your area, or could be picked up with an antenna that features signal boosting. It’s really easy to use, just enter your zip code, then choose Local Over the Air Broadcast from the drop-down menu under Select Your TV Provider. Just remember you won’t be able to catch any games that are streaming on Tru TV, which means you’ll miss all the First Four and some of the First-Second Rounds. If it’s really important to you to catch all of the March Madness games, OTA isn’t your best choice. If you don’t mind missing some of the games, some OTA options include: AirTVHD HomeRun, and Mohu, but there are lots more out there!

Stream the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships with fuboTV

Compatibility: fourth-generation Apple TV

Cost: $ 19.99 a month for the first month, $ 39.99 a month thereafter.

Pros: Seven day free trial period with no commitment, then a month long special reduced price. 

Con: Channel availability varies by region.

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FuboTV is a tv streaming service with a heavy focus on live sports. The basic package, fubo Premier, offers more than 70 channels of content. Unfortunately, it seems that this content doesn’t include much of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championships. In my area, CBSN and CBS Sports Network are offered, but no TNT, TBS, or Tru TV. It’s possible that the necessary channels are offered in other areas, you have to do your research with this one. If you live in an area where FuboTV includes TBS, CBS, TNT, and Tru TV, you’ll be ready to live stream the entire 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. If not, read on to find an option that will work for you! 

To sign up for FuboTV and find the Apple TV app, click here.

Streaming on DirecTV Now

Compatibility: fourth generation Apple TV 

Cost: $ 35 per month for the lowest cost package.

Pros: Seven day free trial period. Streaming included for AT&T Wireless Customers.
Cons: Coverage varies by region

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DirecTV Now is DirecTV’s streaming offering, and I was happy to find that its lowest cost plan includes TBS, TNT, CBS, and Tru TV in many areas. Check with DirecTV Now to see which channels are streaming in your area. If you decide to go with this option, here’s a tutorial on how to set up DirecTV Now on your Apple TV.

Stream With Sling TV 

Compatibility: fourth-generation Apple TV

Cost: Sling TV Orange Plan, $ 20 per month; Blue Plan, $ 25 per month; Orange and Blue, $ 40 per month

Pros: Seven day free trial period with no commitment. 

Con: Channel availability varies by region.

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Sling TV is an à la carte, streaming tv service that allows viewers to pay far less than a cable subscription would cost. Customers can choose Sling Orange, Sling Blue, or both. As an added bonus, Sling offers a Cloud DVR option for $ 5 a month. This way you can record the NCAA championship games and watch them later if you have work or family plans to accommodate. If you live in the right area, Sling offers TBS, TNT, and Tru TV, but not CBS. Once again, offerings vary from region to region; make sure the  NCAA broadcasts are available in your area.

Here’s a step-by-step instructional to help you find and install the Sling TV app on your Apple TV. 

Stream 2018 March Madness on Apple TV with PlayStation Vue

Compatability: fourth generation Apple TV running tvOS 10.0 and up

Cost: Five day free trial, then $ 39.99 per month.

Pros: Stream on up to five devices at once. 

Cons: Some channels are restricted outside of your home network, not all games are available to view on your iPhone.

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You don’t need a PlayStation to subscribe to PlayStation Vue, a live-streaming TV service that includes cloud DVR and the ability to stream on five devices at once. The least expensive package, Access, includes TNT and Tru TV in my area, and rings in at $ 39.99 a month. Other channels, including TBS are available if you live in the right service area—check with PlayStation Vue to be sure. Even if you live in the right service area to get TNT, Tru TV, and TBS, you’ll need to also subscribe to CBS All Access or use OTA tv as described above to tune in to CBS so you can watch all the NCAA Championship games this year.

Click here to learn all about setting PlayStation Vue up on your Apple TV.

Watch the 2018 NCAA Championship with Hulu Live on your Apple TV

Compatability: fourth generation Apple TV

Cost: seven day free trial, then $ 39.99 a month

Pros: Watch on two devices at once.

Cons: Beta version

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Hulu makes the jump and joins the live-streaming tv game with their Hulu Live offering, which includes access to the entire Hulu streaming library. If you live in the right area, $ 39.99 a month will get you NBC, TBS, TNT, and even Tru TV! All the championship games, one live streaming service. A few cautions, though, Hulu warns right up front that this is a beta version and therefore subject to bugs and hiccups, so if you want to ensure the smoothest possible streaming of the 2018 Championships, this could be slightly risky. As well, Hulu customers have complained about commercials with adult themes before, during, and after family and sports content, so if you’re watching the games with kids Hulu might not be the best choice for your family.

If you live in an area where Hulu Live provides all the , you can learn how to set it up on your Apple TV here

Watch the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament with CBS All Access

Compatability: Requires iOS 9.0 or later.

Cost: Three day free trial, $ 5.99 plus tax per month thereafter.

Pros: Live stream sports content as well as popular shows – commercial free available for recorded events.

Cons: Available in limited markets.

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Some of the NCAA Championship games will run only on CBS this year, which means that if you don’t have cable you need to either have a method to stream CBS, or get CBS over the air with an OTA antenna as described at the beginning of the article. If you need to subscribe to CBS All Access to watch some of the games, here’s a link explaining how to get the app for your Apple TV.

Live Stream March Madness 2018 to Your Apple TV

I hope that one of these options will help you live stream all the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship games you’d like to see to your Apple TV!

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Twitter, YouTube, Amazon and Verizon are competing for streaming rights to the NFL’s Thursday Night Football

It’s likely that the NFL will sign a multiyear deal.

Several tech companies are in the running to win digital streaming rights for the NFL’s Thursday Night Football package.

Twitter, Amazon, YouTube and Verizon are the remaining bidders, according to multiple sources. Twitter paid $ 10 million for these digital streaming rights from the NFL in 2016; Amazon won them in 2017 for $ 50 million, with the latest renewal going for much more.

Verizon is an existing NFL partner, and already owns some mobile streaming rights for Thursday. YouTube is the only company without a prior streaming relationship with the league, though CEO Susan Wojcicki said just this week that she would “love to stream the NFL.”

It’s unclear what kind of price the NFL is looking for in 2018, thought multiple sources say the league is likely to strike a multiyear deal. The NFL just sold the television broadcast rights for Thursday Night Football to Fox Sports for $ 3.3 billion, roughly $ 660 million per year over five years, according to ESPN.

That was almost a 47 percent premium over the $ 450 million NBC and CBS paid to broadcast 10 Thursday Night Football games in 2017, though Fox is also getting rights to broadcast the NFL Draft as part of that deal, and may still get rights to an NFL playoff game.

There could be a wrinkle in the fight for 2018 digital rights, though. One source says Amazon is considering dropping its bid because of concerns over new terms in the proposed contract that could limit its viewership. It’s also unclear how long a deal would be. Bloomberg, which also reported on the proposed deal, said some partners are looking for as many as five years. The NFL could be looking for a shorter deal.

An NFL spokesperson declined to comment. Representatives for Twitter and Amazon declined to comment. YouTube and Verizon could not immediately be reached for comment.

It’s unknown what these terms are that Amazon is concerned over, though it’s highly unlikely that the NFL would do anything to actively limit the total viewership for the games — it wants as many viewers as possible.

But the league is known to divide up its rights to numerous partners, which could limit an individual partner’s reach by simply spreading the content around. Both Verizon and Fox have mobile streaming rights to games, for example, and the NFL Draft will now appear on Fox Sports, ESPN and the NFL Network.

All of this interest comes at a time when NFL’s television audience is shrinking. NFL ratings were down 13 percent in 2017, and even more during the playoffs.

And while Amazon’s digital audience for Thursday Night Football was up last year over Twitter’s the year prior, that audience is just a small fraction of what the NFL can get on TV. An early season game between the Bears and Packers last season drew an average of 373,000 viewers on Amazon, for example. The same game had a TV audience of 14.6 million people.

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Why data streaming matters in the IoT

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The Internet of Things (IoT) produces, directs, and drives data continuously. How can current approaches to data streaming help us manage these continuous information channels?

Data streaming is one of the key defining factors in the way information architectures and software applications are being developed. Much of its focus involves infrastructure automation. But what does that mean in the real world?

What is data streaming?

When we add streaming capabilities to data infrastructures, we add the ability to automate real-time data flows. That is, we add the flexibility to ingest and process the increasing availability of IoT, social media, and other streaming data sources, and manage them alongside traditional batch-based data.

But unlike traditional batch-based flows, where data is loaded in sets on a scheduled basis (i.e. hourly, daily, or monthly), real-time or streaming data flows are different in the following ways:

  1. They are often more time-sensitive.
  2. They are typically larger in volume.
  3. They may or may not be of long-term value after processing.

Real-time data flows, or streaming data sources, can come from many areas in an organisation’s data landscape, including in-field units that share sensor-based data, social media feeds (for sentiment analysis), or a variety of internal systems.

But why is this significant?

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“A streaming data architecture makes the core assumption that data is continuous and always moving, in contrast to the traditional assumption that data is static. This turns a lot of our preconceptions upside down, along with the tools that we currently use to build data-driven applications,” says Kostas Tzoumas, co-founder and CEO of open source stream processing company, data Artisans.

“For example, application code processes the moving data directly, while it keeps next to it the working memory it needs (state), instead of first landing the data in a database and then querying it.”

Vendors are now architecting this increasingly important aspect of data streaming into their platforms. A recent example is data infrastructure automation specialist, WhereScape.

WhereScape CEO Mark Budzinski says that the company has added streaming to its platform in response to the fact that IT teams – already stretched for time – now face the added challenge of understanding and incorporating these new data sources – and streaming technologies – into their analytics environments.

Matt Aslett, research director at 451 Research, explains the problem facing many non-specialist organisations, “We see increasing interest in stream-based processing from mainstream companies, but many lack the internal resources and skills to integrate these new technologies effectively and efficiently.”

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While it is hardly early days for data streaming, or for the acknowledgement of real-time data as a category, it is early days (comparatively) for automated, software-defined, cloud-centric streaming services, especially in terms of their application to IoT environments.

The challenge for companies working in this sector of data engineering is that it is dominated by Hadoop (still difficult to master) for distributed processing of large data sets, and by the murky waters of unstructured information that flow into the data lake.

This isn’t plug-and-play technology by any means, and so it’s wise to remember that ‘automated’ doesn’t always mean ‘turn it on and go for a pizza’. Bringing specialist expertise onboard may be essential.

Read more: Use blockchain to build a global data commons

Read more: Huawei’s roadmap leads to IoT automation services

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Samsung Internet for Gear VR adds support for content blockers and DLNA streaming

Samsung Internet for Gear VR is exactly what it sounds like; it’s a web browser from Samsung designed for the Gear VR headset. The browser is mostly only used for navigating to WebVR experiences, but Samsung has added a few useful improvements in the latest update, including support for content blockers and streaming from DLNA servers.

Digital Living Network Alliance, better known as DLNA, is a protocol for streaming digital media between cable boxes, game consoles, media players, and computers.

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