NCAA March Madness App Updated for 2016 Tournament, Expands to Apple TV

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    With the 2016 March Madness college basketball tournament set to begin on March 15, the NCAA has updated its March Madness app with new features for iOS, the fourth-generation Apple TV and Apple Watch.


    The brand new Apple TV app comes with a significant feature for basketball fans: the ability to watch two games side-by-side in a split-screen interface. The feature, which is exclusive to Apple TV, also allows users to switch the audio from both the games, allowing basketball fans to hone in on exciting matches easier than before. Lisa Estrin, NCAA Digital's senior UX lead, told Variety that the Apple TV was the "perfect" platform for the feature.
    The iOS version of the app received several new features, including AirPlay and Google Cast support. In addition to multitasking support, iPad users will also see a redesigned version of the app with an "immersive" new experience that features a new game timeline, up-to-the-minute stats and curated highlights from Twitter and Instagram. The March Madness app has also been made available for Apple Watch, allowing users to receive alerts for their favorite teams and quick access to scores and the tournament schedule.

    All versions of the NCAA March Madness app require logging in with TV provider credentials to stream games.

    NCAA March Madness for iOS is available in the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

    Update: Games broadcast on CBS cannot be live streamed through the March Madness app even after cable authentication.

    Article Link: NCAA March Madness App Updated for 2016 Tournament, Expands to Apple TV
  2. dannyyankou, Mar 9, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2016

    dannyyankou macrumors 603


    Mar 2, 2012
    Cord cutters rejoice!

    Edit: Nevermind, need cable provider credentials unlike last year. Boo. I still have cable though and I'm looking forward to split screen games.
  3. Swift macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2003
    Los Angeles
    We need to break the back of the cable monopoly, which is exactly this: if you just want to see content, you have to pay their fees. The provider of content should have the ability to collect money from you and the cable companies, or to have an agreement to accept funding by advertising and be free to show their property in whatever venue. Yes, this is exactly what a monopoly is: the pipe says it owns the content which it didn't finance. Uh-uh. In the '40s, the federal government broke up the studio's wholly-owned cinema chains for the same reasons. The MGM Theaters were showing only MGM, and nobody could show anything else. Capitol Theaters, etc., all were owned by the studios. (With some control by the mob, too.) So the guy with the movie house franchise in Chicago had to play the studio's content, no matter if it was a hit or not.
  4. 2010mini macrumors 68040

    Jun 19, 2013
    Find a way for content owners and distributors to make the same or more money with a new model. Or just pay up.
  5. 69Mustang, Mar 9, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2016

    69Mustang macrumors 601


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    Breathe Swift, breathe. Your post is all over the place and making little sense. Cable companies own a lot of the content so they're more than just a pipe. In many cases they are the content provider as well. Bolded: Your quote assumes content providers can't show their property through whatever avenue they choose. They can. They choose to show their content through avenues that... sit down for this... pay them the most money. It's the reason they create content. They don't do it for your enjoyment. They do it for the money. Same reason Apple sells their products. Same for any company. It's something cord cutters seem to either not understand or completely ignore. In the grand scheme, they offer no value to anyone but themselves. When cord cutters can provide monetary incentive to any content provider they may start to see some of the things on their wish list. Right now they don't bring anything to the table. Why would any company want to deal with small incremental payments when they're currently getting very large payments from advertisers and cable companies.
  6. carfreak12321 macrumors regular


    Mar 25, 2008
    Psyched about the split screen view on the Apple TV.
    Wish more apps would use the flexibility of the Apple TV and the new os and develop better apps. For the example the Netflix app is the same as any other paltform if not worse. Even the basic roku had features like video preview when browsing the library.
    Really hope we see some innovation soon.
  7. Diode macrumors 68020


    Apr 15, 2004
    Washington DC
    If tv subscribers realized how much went to subsidizing sports most would opt out (if they could). There is a reason why ESPN doesn't want it's channel unbundled from standard packages. It wouldn't survive on its own.

    Throw in regional sports networks etc. etc. The sports gravy train end is near (or so I hope). And this is coming from a person who would happily pay $100 to stream my local sports team.
  8. RobNYC macrumors 6502

    May 28, 2008
    New York, NY
    Too bad I don't care for sports as I'd probably really like this feature if I did.
  9. SBlue1 macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2008
  10. campyguy macrumors 68030

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    Yikes, ya'll. Some of you need to read up on the requirements in the description a bit first before ranting... it's the same as last year.

    Only live non-CBS broadcast videos require a TV provider credential - and most of those games are done after the first weekend. Live CBS-broadcast videos don't require TV provider credentials, and neither do on-demand videos or radio broadcasts or notifications - one doesn't even need to log in in these instances. This isn't a "cable" deal, it's a Turner Sports/CBS Networks deal...

    Last year, I watched about a dozen non-live games on my iPad in the app after work hours, didn't even need to log in despite having a Comcrap subscription - great video quality, too...
  11. Tarheels macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2011
    Atlanta, GA
    Stupid question....will this work for older Apple TV's?
  12. nburwell macrumors 68030


    May 6, 2008
    It's only for the 4th gen ATV.

    I downloaded the app to our ATV last night and authenticated my parents cable subscription (we cut the cord three months ago). Looking forward to the tourney starting!
  13. campyguy macrumors 68030

    Mar 21, 2014
    Portland / Seattle
    I just got to my recorded MSU-Purdue game, and realized that this app needs to have an in-app purchase that I would pay serious coin for: a $20 "Remove Bill Raftery" option. Gawd, this guy just needs to go away...

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