How to Watch ESPN Without Cable

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Ba-ba-ba-ba-ba-basketball! This week, March Madness 2021 officially kicked off following a tumultuous regular season (and an even more dramatic Championship Week). While the Men’s NCAA Tournament will not stream on ESPN, fans looking for some high-stakes basketball action will be able to watch the women’s bracket on the Disney-owned network. That’s right: it’s time to watch March Madness on ESPN!

For the first time, every game in this year’s Women’s March Madness bracket will air nationally on either ESPN or ABC, so fans looking to watch have no shortage of options. Can you watch March Madness on ESPN+? How do I watch ESPN live? Here’s everything to know about how to watch ESPN without cable!

WHERE TO WATCH MARCH MADNESS 2021

Many men’s college basketball games air on ESPN during the regular season, but due to existing TV deals, March Madness games will not air on the iconic sports network. Instead, 2021 March Madness games will air across TNT, TBS, truTV, and CBS, the latter of which will broadcast the championship game on Monday, April 5 at 9/8c.

For more information about how to watch March Madness 2021, live stream information, and more, check out our in-depth guide.

IS THE WOMEN’S NCAA TOURNAMENT ON ESPN?

The Men’s NCAA tournament may not be airing on ESPN, but the Women’s will air live on ESPN from the San Antonio bubble. For the next two and a half weeks, games will be played on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, and ABC, all of which are owned by Disney. The Women’s Final Four will air in its entirety on ESPN, with semi-final games being played on April 2, and the national championship airing Sunday, April 4 at 6/7c on ESPN.

To watch March Madness on ESPN, head to the “watch live” tab on the ESPN website or the ESPN app and enter your cable credentials.

CAN YOU WATCH MARCH MADNESS ON ESPN PLUS?

Yes! Women’s March Madness games airing on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU will be available to stream on ESPN+, Disney’s add-on streaming service. Keep reading for pricing information!

HOW TO WATCH ESPN WITHOUT CABLE

No cable log-in? No problem. The easiest way to watch ESPN without cable is to purchase a subscription to ESPN+. Subscriptions to the streaming service, which offers live sports, new originals, and a vast library of ESPN content, cost $5.99/month, but you can bundle the service with Disney+ and Hulu (with ads) for just $12.99/month.

HOW TO WATCH NCAA TOURNAMENT LIVE ONLINE

Cord-cutters have a few additional ways to watch the NCAA tournament live online. Basketball fans can watch ESPN live with an active subscription to fuboTVHulu + Live TVYouTube TV, or Sling TV, many of which are offering free trials for new customers. These services will also give you live stream access to TNT, truTV, TBS, and CBS, so you’ll be able to catch all the March Madness action — men’s and women’s — in one place.

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