Watch March Madness Online: How To Live Stream NCAA Games Without Cable

* Annual college basketball tournament underway
* Stream the games from your computer, TV or phone
* Championship game airs Monday April 2

March Madness is officially in full swing and there is plenty of intrigue in this year’s tournament to justify those hours in front of your screens. We’ve already seen a slew of upsets, making for one of the most unpredictable tournaments in recent memory. And consider this: only once in the history of the NCAA tournament have all four No. 1 seeds reached the Final Four.

Ready to plan your viewing schedule? Here’s what you need to know:

This year’s NCAA tournament is being broadcast across four networks: TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV. If you have a cable login, head to March Madness Live to cast the game onto your TV or device.

If you want to watch the games but don’t have cable, don’t sweat it. We’ve found three solid services to deliver all the action, with no contract and no commitment. Many of them will give you a free trial too — stream smart and time it out so that you take your trial during the tournament.

1. Hulu With Live TV

Your best bet to stream all the games this year is with a subscription to Hulu. Hulu’s Live TV service gets you CBS, plus NCAA March Madness games live on TBS, TNT and TruTV. Hulu has even launched a special March Madness hub that will keep you updated on news and highlights, and let you track your favorite teams and games.

While Hulu is known for its streaming on-demand content, its new Live TV service gets you instant access to the action. Grab a 7-day trial for free and start watching today.

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2. Sling TV

Sling TV offers three subscription levels: Orange, Blue and All. Sling Orange offers 25 channels for $20/month, but only two of those channels are showing the tournament: TBS and TNT. To get the games that are playing on TruTV, you need to upgrade to Sling Blue, which comes with 40 channels. Sling’s “a la carte” programming lets you select the rest of the channels you want, instead of paying for pre-set packages.

Sling TV covers you for the premium cable networks, but that still leaves out CBS. Unfortunately, none of Sling’s packages includes ABC, NBC or CBS. Sling is currently offering a 7-day free trial. And you can cancel anytime.

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3. CBS All Access

So how can you watch March Madness on CBS? With CBS All Access. The service, the first of its kind, is the only way to get full access to everything CBS has to offer. In addition to Live TV, you can watch over 10,000 on-demand titles, get exclusive access to original series and stream live sports, including NCAA basketball, anytime anywhere.

CBS All Access also offers a one-week free trial. Download the app and get access for free on your phone and tablet, too.

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Weekend Debrief: The 5 Most Popular Entertainment Posts Of The Week

* American Idol is back – but how does it hold up to the original?
* Common clothing mistakes to avoid from Queer Eye’s style expert
* What to stream this weekend on Hulu

This weekend, settle in with a coffee or glass of wine, and catch up on some of the biggest entertainment headlines of the week. No need to click through hundreds of articles – we’ve rounded up the top five posts for you right here.

From the return of American Idol (#TooSoon?) to our favorite bad-ass female spies, we’ve got the scoop on the shows and stars making news this weekend.

1. The Definitive Fan-Driven History Of American Idol: An Interactive Timeline

American Idol is back. After less than two years since it bid farewell on FOX, the show has been revived for primetime by ABC, with new judges, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie sitting at the panel, and Ryan Seacrest returning as host.

But are viewers ready for another go-around of Idol? Once the crown jewel of television shows, Idol has seen reality competition rivals like The Voice and the rise of streaming services like Netflix and Hulu slowly replace it at the top of the viewing throne.

And yet, as this look-back of American Idol reveals, there’s something startlingly spellbinding about the show, which has managed to capture our collective hearts and our nation’s attention for almost two decades.

From the shocking eliminations, to the most memorable performances, and even that season with Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, we’re offering our fan-driven account of one of the greatest television shows of all time. This… is American Idol.

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2. Queer Eye Star Tan France On How A Bad Breakup Led To His Personal Makeover

Leave it to a Utah-based Brit of Pakistani descent to teach Americans how to dress. But that’s exactly what Tan France is doing as the sunny and scholarly style expert on Netflix’s new reboot of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

France, with his affable personality and salt and pepper hair (it’s all natural, by the way) has stood out not only for his perennially preppy good looks, but also for being a more modern fashion maven – helping the candidates find their own style instead of handing it to them on a garment rack.

We caught up with France — on the phone from Salt Lake City — to find out more about how he got involved with Queer Eye, his celebrity style crushes, and how a bad breakup led him to completely re-think how he presented himself.

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3. The 5 Hulu Originals You Should Be Watching Right Now

With the dramatic Hulu Original, The Looming Tower, based on Lawrence Wright’s acclaimed book about the long and often shadowy “loomings” in the lead up to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, now making headlines, Hulu is really staking its claim as a platform for destination viewing.

In fact, their show, The Handmaid’s Tale (also based on a book) took home both an Emmy and a Golden Globe Award this year for Best Drama Series. Here are 5 more of the best Hulu originals you should be watching right now (Don’t have Hulu? Use this link to get a one month free trial right now).

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4. The 10 Best Mind-Bending Space Movies For Wrinkle In Time Fans

If the long-awaited film adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time has you wanting to explore the wormhole of time travel movies, here are some of the best mind-bending movies about space-time for futuristic fans. Whether sci-fi stories are a new wrinkle for you or a tale as old as time, these films are sure to engage your curiosity, or at least your sense of nostalgia – perhaps the most accessible kind of time travel of all.

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5. The Best (Fictional) Female Spies Of All Time

The release of Tomb Raider in theaters this weekend is proving once again that the silver-screen espionage game isn’t just for men. Since the 60s, we’ve seen badass lady spies in movies and TV shows, brought to life by actresses such as Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Charlize Theron, and many more.

Whether they’re helping James Bond, saving the world, or just trying to kill their husband, we’re always entertained. Read on for the very best fictional female spies of all time. And see how you can stream the films that made them famous.

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Dax Shepard joins ‘The Ranch’ cast in wake of Danny Masterson’s exit

Dax Shepard is headed to The Ranch a few months after Danny Masterson’s departure.

The Parenthood alum has signed on to the Netflix’s Colorado-set comedy for a meaty guest arc in season 3. He’ll pop up as Luke Matthews, a former soldier who has ties to the Iron River Ranch, which is run by the Bennett family. Luke will bond and match wits with Colt (Ashton Kutcher) and Bennett patriarch Beau (Sam Elliott), but his past may come back to haunt him.

Netflix splits The Ranch seasons in two 10-episode halves, and Shepard’s first appearance will arrive in the second half of season 3. The first 10 episodes of season 3 are expected to debut later this year. Masterson, who played Colt’s brother, Rooster, was ousted from the show in December amid sexual assault accusations. (He has denied the allegations and said at the time of his dismissal that he was “very disappointed” in the streamer’s decision.) Masterson had filmed episodes for the first half of season 3, and it’s unclear how his character will be written out of the show.

Although it seems as if Shepard’s casting could be filling a void, he is not serving as a direct replacement for Masterson, and will appear in about half of those 10 episodes, according to Deadline. He is in second position for The Ranch, as he will star with Lake Bell in the Fox comedy pilot Bless This Mess.

Shepard — who started out his career playing practical jokes on Kutcher’s hit MTV show Punk’d — recently guest-starred on The Good Place, Ghosted, and Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later. He also wrote, directed, and starred in CHiPs on the big screen.