March Madness streams for international viewers?

Submitted by buddhafrog on March 14th, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Last year was a beautiful March - CBS streaming all the games for free, for anyone around the world.

This year, CBS/TNT/TBS/TruTV is streaming their games for free, but only if you are a cable subscriber.  NCAA has all the games for $3.99 - beautiful.... except this won't work for all countries.  I'm in South Korea and this deal won't work here.  I've tried to sign up while shielding my IP address, but NCAA won't allow.

Do any international MgoBlogers have an easy solution to the streams (besides the standard Firstrowsports, etc...)?

Go Blue.



March 14th, 2012 at 10:32 PM ^

right, besides the standard streams used throughout the year - does anyone know how to access the NCAA ALL-GAMES HIGH-QUALITY streaming for international viewers?  Is there a magical work-around that will help me avoid the stress of testing endless low-quality streams for each damn game to find a semi-decent one (before it gets shut down)?


March 14th, 2012 at 11:00 PM ^

As I wrote in lthe OP and my comment, I'm not looking for the standard streaming sites - I'm sure I know them all too well.  

I'm just wondering if anyone knows of a way to access the special March Madness streams from NCAA or CBS, etc. if you live outside the country.  Those streams are so much better, you can keep tabs on scores, switch between games instantly, watch replays, etc.  It's the way online sports should be broadcasted!  So much better than the lower-quality streams that I usually have to fish for.

So, anyone know how to access these US-IP-domain-only streams?  Again, hiding my IP address doesn't work.


March 14th, 2012 at 11:09 PM ^

I used to stream ESPN3 through a proxy server because my ISP didn't provide it.  That would get you a work around here, but due to bandwidth constraints it's unlikely that the streaming would be good enough.

I'm no expert but I don't think there's really any option for you to stream a US-IP only feed with any viewable quality

Edit: If you do want to try the proxy route, it's quite easy to set-up.  I think you may have to use IE or Firefox.  Just google for a list of proxy sites, find one that uses a US IP address, and then configure your browser to use that proxy


March 14th, 2012 at 11:30 PM ^

I was able to watch games in France on iPad last year using the CBS madness app. In hong Kong this year. seems interesting but it closes up for new members. Anyone here on this board, if you have an invitation, please send me one. 

One way to try is to buy a VPN service, strongVPN, $55 dollar a year, that gives you a US IP and hope it would work.




March 14th, 2012 at 11:55 PM ^

it is RDT. I acturally have control of a mac in US but the sharing screen works not as well windows RDT. It is watchable but painful and have no sound. 

Well, the easiest easiest way is to have facetime/skype with a fellow Michigan fan and have the friend put the camera in front of their TV. 




March 15th, 2012 at 5:10 AM ^

I'm living in France right now and the streams worked last year and seem like they will work again this year.

If it's a country thing, you can try It's not free, but it's excellent and I use it to watch Netflix, Hulu and to circumvent France's super strict anti-piracy laws.

Basically it's an application and a bunch of private proxy servers located in many different countries. Lots of servers in the US, I have no problems streaming through it.


March 15th, 2012 at 5:37 AM ^

Hide My Ass works well in China.  Using it right now to get my mgoblog fix and I am set up to watch the basketball games through



March 15th, 2012 at 6:33 AM ^

I'm in India, and just downloaded hotspot shield. It was free, but they might cap it at 3gbs? I'm sure I'll find out soon enough. Either way, I was able to sign up and stream the games. Good luck!


March 15th, 2012 at 6:54 AM ^

Hotspot won't work for ncaa games - I already tried to sign up and was told it doesn't work in my country.  I'll try Hidemyass and see if I have better luck.