Update – Friday 13th March: March Madness 2020 has been canceled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Get your brackets ready! March Madness runs from March 15 to April 6 this year, with big-name 2020 NCAA teams like Kansas, Maryland, Oregon, Stephen S. Austin, Gonzaga, Dayton and others ready to completely upset your office brackets and make you lose a lot of money in the betting pools. There are multiple ways to watch your favorite teams get defeated this year, and you can even watch NCAA March Madness 2020 free on Kodi. Due to the spread of the coronavirus, fans won’t be in attendance, but the good news is that you can still watch the matches from the comfort of your own home!
Important note: Our guide only recommends official sources for NCAA March Madness. March Madness is one of the most popular sporting events on TV in the US and has notable fan bases across the world. As a result, some websites may try to offer unlicensed streams. However, sites and apps offering these streams are often a privacy and security concern, as some may carry malware and collect user data. Additionally, unlicensed streams are far more likely to buffer and fail during the games you want to watch. Thankfully, several Kodi addons will give you access to either some or every NCAA stream this year.
If you are outside the US and want to watch March Madness games for free, you may need to connect to a VPN server in the US.
BEST VPN FOR KODI:IPVanish is our top choice. The service has a large network of fast, uncongested servers. IPVanish offers strong security, privacy, and anonymity features that make it bypass ISP speed throttling and snooping on any device, including the Amazon Fire TV Stick. Try it risk-free with the 7-day money-back guarantee.
RELATED: If you are not a Kodi user we have a guide to watching March Madness online outside the US here.
Warning: Kodi should only be used for content to which you have the legal right to access. Neither the Kodi Foundation nor Comparitech advocates the use of Kodi for piracy.
How to watch March Madness on Kodi with a VPN
You can get past NCAA March Madness regional content blocks and ISP speed throttling on HD video with a VPN. Follow these steps to watch NCAA March Madness through Kodi from anywhere in the world.
Here’s how to watch March Madness (2020) on Kodi:
- First, sign up for a VPN of your choice. We recommend IPVanish for Kodi users, although ExpressVPN, NordVPN, and CyberGhost are comparatively good options as well.
- Next, download the VPN app onto your desired device (make sure before you sign up that it makes an app for your device)
- Now, connect your VPN to a server in the country of your choice. Your best option is a server in the US, as most free and paid broadcast options, such as CBS, will be coming from the US.
- Open the video in Kodi and start streaming!
Finally, make sure you test out your streaming option before the games you want to watch. That way, you can ensure you have access and will give yourself time to find alternatives if your Kodi addons aren’t working. We suggest you test out your options as soon as you sign up, and to try multiple VPN servers to make sure you find one that’s fast, reliable, and works with the streams you want.
This year, you can watch every NCAA March Madness game online through Kodi using just one Kodi addon, including the Final Four and the Championship game. Games will also be available through streaming services that carry CBS, TBS, TruTV, and TNT.
How to watch March Madness 2020 free on Kodi
Kodi is going to be a great option since it’s available on multiple devices, including the Amazon Firestick. Regardless of which option you choose, however, several apps will have you covered for March Madness. The March Madness Live Kodi addon will be able to give anyone around the world free access to a large number of March Madness games. However, if you’re traveling outside of the US, you may need a VPN to access the streams.
You can still opt for streaming services that carry CBS, TBS, TruTV, and TNT, although your Kodi addon options are more scattered on that end.
March Madness Live
The March Madness Live Kodi addon is your single best option for watching the 2020 March Madness games on Kodi. With the exception of the March 15 Selection Sunday event, March Madness Live will feature every single match-up, up to the Championship.
You can install this addon directly from the official Kodi addon repository.
Here’s how to install March Madness Live on Kodi:
- From the main Kodi menu page, go to Install from repository
- Then select Video addons
- Select the March Madness Live addon from there, then click Install
Note that March Madness Live may be unavailable or region-locked if you’re outside of the US. We recommend you connect to a VPN to get full streaming access through the March Madness Live Kodi addon.
With USTVnow, you’ll be able to watch all of the CBS-broadcast March Madness games for free. USTVnow is a live TV service that offers five channels for free and 23 channels for a subscription fee. It’s designed primarily for US military members living overseas, but there are no restrictions on who can sign up. You also don’t need a VPN to watch if you’re outside of the US, and even those living stateside can often watch without a VPN as well, although video traffic is still subject to ISP throttling.
You can pay $25 per month for up to 23 channels, but the service does not carry TBS, TNT, or TruTV, so it may not be worth the cost for NCAA fans.
To install USTVnow, go to the official Kodi addon repository, then to the Video addons section. From there, select USTVnow, and click install.
At long last, Sling TV is finally available on Kodi as a downloadable addon! Sling TV is a US-based OTT service that carries TBS, TNT, TruTV. Sadly, CBS is not available on Sling TV, but if combined with a free USTVnow account, you’ll be able to watch every March Madness 2020 game live on Kodi.
Sling TV’s price point is fairly cheap at just $30 per month. However, the service typically offers discounts for the first month of service, so you could get by paying $15 or less, depending on the available deals at the time you sign up.
There’s also a 7-day free trial, so you can sign up and catch a large number of games, then cancel your account. March Madness lasts for 3 weeks, so you won’t be able to take advantage of the free trial for the whole event (unless you sign up multiple times with different payment methods and email addresses).
To install the Sling TV addon on Kodi, go to the official Kodi addon repository, find the Video addons section, click on Sling TV, and install from there. The addon requires an active account, so you’ll need to have a trial account set up before you can sign in and start streaming.
DAZN is an interesting case. This sports streaming service will offer all of the March Madness games you need, but only if you’re in Austria, Switzerland, or Germany. That said, DAZN’s service is available in several different countries, including the US and Canada. It offers different streaming libraries depending on your IP address location, which can be changed with a VPN. It’s also relatively cheap in most places at just $9.99 per month with a one-month free trial.
We’ve tested multiple VPNs with DAZN, and bypassing its content blocking is patchy, at best. However, if you can get a VPN working with DAZN Austria, Switzerland, or Germany, this is your best option. Not only is there a high-quality DAZN Kodi addon, but combined with a one-month free trial, you’ll be able to watch every March Madness game on Kodi for free, including the Final Four and National Championship games.
You can install the DAZN Kodi addon directly from the official Kodi addon repository Video addons section.
Just looking for a selection of highlights and replays? The YouTube addon has you covered. There’s an official March Madness YouTube page you can access directly from the YouTube Kodi addon.
You’ll find the YouTube addon is available in the official Kodi addon repository Video addons section.
The NCAA has a complete schedule of their March Madness 2020 dates, schedules, and broadcast sources, or from our chart just below.
|March 15||Selection Saturday|
|March 17-18||First Four|
|March 19-22||First and second rounds|
|March 26/28||Midwest Regional|
|March 26/28||West Regional|
|March 27/29||South Regional|
|March 27/29||East Regional|
|April 4/6||Final Four and Title Game|