A resource for those of you out of market fans that plan on watching the NCAA tournament this year with Marquette in the Big Dance. DIRECTV and CBS announced a four year exclusive extension to the NCAA Mega March Madness package last month. If you live in Milwaukee or Chicago, likely you will see MU. If you live elsewhere, you never know. There is a solution...actually several.
“From its inception, exclusive sports programming has set DirecTV apart as the leading multichannel provider of the world’s most important and exciting sporting events,” CEO Chase Carey said in a prepared statement. “The NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship is one of those unique events that capture the attention of sports fans throughout the country, and DirecTV will bring our customers every upset, buzzer-beater and Cinderella story.”
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The NCAA Mega March Madness package carries up to the first 37 games of the tournament (games through the 3rd round) and is priced at $69 and includes HD games as well as Mix Channel that allows you to watch up to 4 games at one time. Subscribers with interactive receivers can also utilize an interactive bracket to follow all of the action of your picks as they are updated in real time.
For complete details go here to www.directv.com/mmm
CBS will also broadcast games online for free again this year. If you don't mind watching games on your computer screen and you have a very fast connection, then this could be a solution for you. Be aware, last year CBS' viewers had to wait more than 1 hour on a waiting list to watch a game on Thursday due to demand. They are requiring a pre-registration. CBS has indicated they have doubled capacity this year so we will see if that helps. It is free, hard to complain about performance when it is free.
Milwaukee fans remain in great shape with Time Warner Cable as they are one of the few DMAs in the country that is allowed to multicast the tournament on their system. Detroit, Raleigh, Washington D.C. and a handful of smaller markets are also allowed to do this.
Take Thursday and Friday off...should be a national holiday for hoops fans anyway.