Basketball fans can follow the NCAA Tournament again this year from their smartphone or iPad with the NCAA March Madness Live App for iPhone, iPad and Android. However, unlike in the past, live streaming of all the games will cost users a $3.99 subscription fee. Last year, streaming was free of charge.
Turner networks and CBS also broadcast the game online, which also includes the fee for access. Those who opt for the subscription will also get streaming over 3G, 4G or WiFi depending on their device.
While there is a version for Android, not every device owner will get to take advantage of it. The application details the Rezound, Nitro, Thrill 4G, Droid bionic, Droid RAZR, Droic Charge, Galaxy Note, Epic RG, Galaxy S and Nexus S 4G as the devices delivering the “best viewing experience.” As with many other applications, it may be best to download, give it a try and see how it works out before paying for the in-app subscription.
Even without the streaming, however, NCAA March Madness Live has a lot of features that make it essential for anyone following the tournament. Users can get specific game scores, track their brackets, and set up game alerts for potential upsets. It will be a very useful companion for those who may come down with a sudden illness and not show up for work on Thursday and Friday.
Those who want an alternative should consider ESPN Bracket Bound. Along with scores for the NCAA Tournament, NIT and CBI, there is ESPN news articles and more coverage of specific teams. This app is available for both iPhone and Android.