March Madness Goes Mobile

The NCAA March Madness Live app lets users watch basketball tournament games, hear live game radio, interact with other fans, and manage their brackets.

Version 2.0.2 of the free NCAA March Madness Live app rolled out with bug fixes and the addition of live game radio. For only US$ 3.99, you can watch live streaming video of all 67 games of the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.

The NCAA March Madness Live app is available for Android, iPhone, and iPad devices. Free features in the app include live game radio of all 67 games, live "social chatter" for teams in every game, and the ability to fill out the official NCAA Bracket Challenge bracket from your mobile device. 

Testing the App

I downloaded the iPhone app to test it out. I live in Lawrence, Kansas, and once again, our Jayhawks are headed to the NCAA tournament. So I decided the US$ 3.99 in-app upgrade to watch the live games might be money well spent, especially since you can use it on your computer and other mobile devices for no extra charge.

Under Settings, you can enter your zip code, which then shows you which stations are playing the games in your area. In theory, this improves the live streaming quality. If you set up your Twitter account in the app, you can read tweets in your timeline and let the app post tweets for you. And you can connect the app to your Facebook account, which lets the app access your basic information, post to Facebook as you, and access your data any time, even when you aren't using the app. (Naturally the app has a lengthy Privacy Policy, so I skipped the Twitter and Facebook set up for now.)

The first time I clicked Score and Schedules, the app crashed. After that, it worked fine, and the schedule makes it easy to see who's playing and when.

The Bracket button will come in handy if you want to see how your teams are doing. You can also configure alerts for your favorite teams to see how they're holding up at halftime or to check out the final score. Tournament alert options include Potential Upset, Upset Final, Crunch Time for when there's a close game inside the last five minutes, and overtime alerts.

For about four bucks, you can stay on top of all the 2012 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament action no matter where you are, or which device you're using. Rock Chalk!

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