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Sports media notebook: Cox offers free online coverage of NCAA Tournament

Some viewers will need to pay $3.99 to watch tourney on the Web and through mobile and tablet devices
by Mel Bracht Published: March 14, 2012

Online coverage of the NCAA men's basketball tournament isn't be free for everyone this year. Some viewers will be charged $3.99 for the ability to watch the entire tournament at and on mobile and tablet devices.

However, several providers, including Cox Communications, are offering the service free to subscribers. About 77 million households will be able to watch the Turner channels for free online through a process called authentication. That's out of the 100 million that get TBS and TNT, which are available in around 87 percent of American homes with televisions.

Cox customers with access to TNT, TBS and truTV on their TV can watch the games for free online by going to and using their Cox user ID and password to sign in. Once the customer has signed in, the games will be available to view on each of the networks' websites.

In addition, Cox customers with at least TV Essential and CHSI Preferred can watch the games live on TNT and truTV on their iPad in their house via the Cox TV Connect app.

Customers also can turn to the SportZone channel (998 in Oklahoma City and 997 in Tulsa) to watch six television feeds on one channel. Customers can view the content all at once or scroll to select which channel they want to watch.


OSU's tragic plane crashes 10 years apart are featured on the next edition of HBO's “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” which debuts at 9 p.m. Tuesday. Ten people associated with the OSU men's basketball program were killed in a turboprop crash in January 2001 in Colorado. Ten years later, in November 2011, tragedy struck again when women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna and the pilot and his wife were killed when their single-engine plane crashed during an Arkansas recruiting trip.

Reporter Armen Keteyian returns to the campus to see how the community is coping with the latest tragedy and pose the same question he asked in his investigation of the first crash 10 years ago: Could this disaster have been prevented?

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by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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