The NCAA March Madness Live Android app has now been updated ahead of the 2019 event.
As to be expected, the update ensures the app is ready for primetime when the NCAA March Madness 2019 event begins. However, what is certainly going to be more noteworthy for Android TV device owners is the newly-added Android TV support.
With the support now included, hoop lovers can engage in a more natural TV experience as the app as it can be directly downloaded on the TV device forgoing the need to download on your phone and cast content to the TV. Support seems to be largely Android TV-wide, with the NVIDIA SHIELD, Xiaomi Mi Box, and Nexus Player all supported. In addition to TV sets that come powered by Android TV.
Considering this is not just an informational app, but the full and official 'watch on Android' app, Android TV users will now be able to directly tune in to games live, or catch up via the on-demand option. In addition to the opportunity to pass the time with additional clips and classic games.
The app itself is free to download although to take advantage of all the main features, including the action as it happens, users will need to log in using an active TV provider account.
This is fairly standard protocol with apps like this and the provider affiliate list is long enough to ensure most users won't have a problem, including those who subscribe to live TV through an vMVPD – DIRECTV, Hulu, Sling TV and YouTube TV subscribers can validate their access using their account credentials.
Android TV users are not able to directly validate in the Android TV-optimized app and instead will need to link their TV provider account via the website on either desktop or mobile. The TV app will then receive the approval and unlock the full experience. By default, the app offers a three-hour preview for free.
For those looking for totally unlimited coverage of the event, there are some stipulations with using the Android TV app. For example, the Google Play Store listing states that games airing on CBS cannot be watched through the Android TV app.
Regardless of whether you have an Android TV device, the mobile app is also worth the download as it will give you all the same access to live games, wherever you are. As well as the ability to immersive yourself even more in all the madness due to the additional content that's primarily only available through the official app. This includes features that are not available with the Android TV version, such as the option to listen to live radio broadcasts of games.
For those new to the event, if you're into basketball, this is the one for you. The single-elimination tournament involves 68 teams and takes place over nineteen days resulting in a lot of games each day.
The event technically begins on March 17, 2019 although the first jump ball is due to take place on March 19. Which is when you'll be able to start viewing the live games through the app. Until then, there's plenty of additional content to get you in the March Madness mood.
The updated 2019 NCAA March Madness Live Android app is now available to download on Android mobile and Android TV from the Google Play Store.