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 NCAA.com 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 www.cox.com/basketball 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 TRAGEDIES EXAMINED
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?
— The Thunder will be part of the second game of ESPN doubleheaders Friday and Sunday nights. The Thunder plays at San Antonio at 8:30 p.m. Friday (Dan Shulman and Chris Mullin) and hosts Portland at 8:30 p.m. Sunday (Terry Gannon and Bruce Bowen). The Miami Heat is featured on both nights, playing at Philadelphia at 6 p.m. Friday (Mike Tirico and Doris Burke) and hosting Orlando at 6 p.m. Sunday (Mike Breen and Jeff Van Gundy).
— Marc Kestecher and Kayte Christensen have been assigned to Norman to call three games from the NCAA women's basketball tournament, including OU-Michigan at about 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Kestecher is best known for his ESPN Radio work as lead studio host for the NBA, MLB, and college football broadcasts. Christensen is a former WNBA player who played at UC-Santa Barbera. Her broadcast experience includes a stint as a Sacramento Kings sideline reporter.
— During the first two rounds of the women's tournament, ESPN2 will present 48 games within 12 telecast windows in a whip-around format with home market protection. ESPN FULL COURT, the pay-per-view package, will offer complete games as a supplement to ESPN2's coverage.
— ESPN Films chronicles Dewey Bozella's journey from prison cell to professional boxer in “26 Years: The Dewey Bozella Story,” debuting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Bozella was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for a murder he did not commit. Throughout his 26 years behind bars, he found strength and purpose through boxing, becoming the light heavyweight champion of Sing Sing Prison.
— PBS focuses on 100-year-old Fenway Park in a new National Geographic special, “Inside Fenway Park: An Icon at 100,” which airs at 9 p.m. March 26 on OETA-13. The special includes stories on the park from stadium employees, fans and players.