Learning how to maintain a healthy work-life balance is one of the greatest challenges that all expats must deal with. One of the best strategies is by connecting with those back home either directly via communication or indirectly by celebrating holidays and keeping up with sports. March Madness is one of the sports that reflects the American spirit. Unfortunately for expats, accessing the 2018 March Madness is not as easy as signing up for cable. Those living abroad, therefore, have to stream the 2018 NCAA March Madness online and this article highlights three ways that you can do that.
- Through the official website
This is one of the most direct methods to access March Madness. NCAA provides full coverage live streams of the events as they unfold. Through the website, you get to watch all the games in the 2018 March Madness. Another advantage of using the website is that it provides more than just the live streams. You also get the chance to participate in the brackets, follow team progress and scores, among other features. All you have to do is log into the website and gain instant access to the games.
- Through official and third-party broadcasters
The NCAA website that provides the live streams does so thanks to a partnership between Turner Sports, NCAA and CBS Sports. If you don’t feel the need to go to the website, you can view the live streams directly through Turner Sports and CBS Sports, which are the official broadcasters. More so, if you don’t feel the need to jump through hoops to gain access to the official broadcasters, you can make use of third-party broadcasters such as YouTube TV and Sling TV. The quality, reliability and timing of the streams depend entirely on your broadcaster of choice.
- Through the apps
March Madness is also accessible to some devices through the apps. It is accessible on Android, iOS, Windows, Roku and Amazon. All you need to do is download the app specific to your device, and you can have direct access to the games.
Why you need a VPN or Proxy
All the content, regardless of the method you decide to use, is locked to the US. That means that those outside the US have to find a way to bypass the geo-restrictions placed on these games by the broadcasters and networks. The only way to do that is using either a VPN or a proxy. Both applications work by routing your internet traffic through servers in the US, which makes it appear as though you are in the US, which then gives you access to US-based content. However, when it comes to choosing between a VPN or a proxy, I would recommend using a VPN. Aside from routing your traffic a VPN also encrypts the data, which guarantees a high level of network security.
Aside from those listed above, there are other ways that you can watch March Madness online. For that to work, however, you will still need to have either a VPN or proxy. Even then, the value of your streaming experience is dependent on factors such as the broadcaster and speed of your network connection.