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How to Watch NCAA March Madness Online

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You’ve filled out your brackets and now you are ready for one of America’s most popular sporting events. But what if you are you stuck at work or away from your TV?  Or your local affiliate is showing a different game? Today we show how to catch all the March Madness online.

March Madness on Demand

You’ll need a broadband connection, 512 MB RAM or higher, with cookies and Javascript enabled in your browser. March Madness on Demand offers two viewing options, a Standard Player and a High Quality player. The High Quality player is not, unfortunately, high definition.

Standard Player Requirements

  • Windows XP/Vista/7 or Mac OS X
  • IE 6+ (We also successfully tested it in Firefox, Chrome, & Opera)
  • Adobe Flash Player 9 or higher

High Quality Player Requirements

  • 2.4 GHz Pentium 4 or Intel-based Macintosh
  • Mac OS 10.4.8+ (Intel-based)
  • Windows: XP SP2, Vista, Server 2003, Server 2008, Windows 7
  • Firefox 1.5+ or IE 6/7/8
  • Silverlight 3 browser plug-in

Watching March Madness on Demand

Go to the March Madness on Demand website. (Link below)


Check the “Watch in High Quality” section to see if your browser is ready and compatible for the High Quality viewer.


If not, you’ll see a message indicating either your browser and system are incompatible…


Or that you need to install Silverlight. To install Silverlight, click on the “Get HQ” button and follow the prompts to download and install Silverlight.


To launch the player, click the large red “Launch Player” button.


At the top of the screen, you’ll see the current and upcoming games. Click on “Watch Now” below to begin watching.



At the bottom left, is where you click to watch with the High Quality player.


If to many people are watching the High Quality player, you’ll see the following message and have to go back to the Standard Player.


At the lower right are volume controls, a “Full Screen” button, and a “Share” button which allows you to share the game you are watching on various social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.


Perhaps most importantly for those who want to steal a bit of viewing time while at work is the “Boss Button” at the top right.


Clicking on the “Boss Button” will open a fake Office document so it may appear at first glance like you’re actually doing legitimate work. To return to the game, click anywhere on the screen with your mouse.


You’ll be able to catch every single game of the tournament from the first round all the way through the championship with March Madness on Demand. If your computer and Internet connection can handle it, you can even watch multiple games at the same time by opening March Madness on Demand in multiple browser windows.

Watch March Madness online

Andrew is a media center geek with some serious Windows skills. He's never far from a WiFi connection or a great cup of coffee.

  • Published 03/19/10

Comments (2)

  1. Jeff

    I’m watching the high quality right now, and it’s pretty bad. I don’t know if the demand is really high or what, but it sucks. The commercials, however, seem to be crystal clear. They certainly know who’s buttering their toast.

  2. Lalo

    I’m having a lot of trouble with Firefox Version 3.6.15 (I run Windows Vista).

    The player tries to load and load; I get a message that says LOADING, PLEASE WAIT” and still nothing.

    I downloaded MS Internet Explorer and have had no problem watchin March Madness on Demand.

    Are the setting too high in Firefox (Firefox is my default browser).

    Not happy with the Fox!!!

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