March 12, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka
It’s not March Madness unless you’re able to view the amazing games as they happen, and the new March Madness Live Android app makes that possible no matter where you are. Fans of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament can now watch any and every March Madness game on Android with the app.
March Madness Live is now available in the Android Market, delivering a torrent of coverage for hoops fans. The free version of the app allows users to listen to live radio broadcasts of all 67 NCAA tournament games, and get a guide to know which television network is broadcasting a game (CBS, TBS, TNT, or TruTV). If someone wants to watch NCAA tournament games on their phone, they’ll have to purchase the $3.99 in-app upgrade. And they’ll have to do it from a select Android 2.2 to 2.3.7 device.
Select is an important word to use here because there’s no guarantee that live video streaming will work on your phone. And since in-app purchases cannot be refunded unless the developer agrees, you might be throwing down $3.99 only to discover the games are still out of reach. According to the Google Play listing, March Madness Live has only been tested and confirmed on these phones (US-only):
- HTC Rezound
- LG Nitro
- LG Thrill
- Motorola Droid Bionic
- Motorola Droid Razr
- Samsung Droid Charge
- Samsung Note
- Samsung Epic 4G
- Samsung Galaxy S
- Samsung Nexus S 4G
UPDATE: A reader reports being successful on a T-Mobile G2. If your phone is not listed here, it may still work with streaming, but it’s not guaranteed. Give it a shot and contact Turner Sports for a refund if you are unsuccessful.
But if your device is on that list or you’re willing to take your chances, you could soon have a March Madness app to watch the NCAA tournament. The paid app also unlocks the ability to watch live streams of Final Four team practices, see highlights posted after each game, and be able to watch on a desktop customer. Add that to the standard free features like filling out an NCAA tournament bracket, getting alerts for close games or favorite teams, and posting to Facebook or Twitter.
I’m disappointed I won’t be able to use the premium version – it doesn’t support the Galaxy Nexus or Honeycomb tablets – but users with devices from the approved list can grab the app from the Android Market now.