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March Madness online: A technophile's guide to watching NCAA basketball

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(Read caption) March Madness has arrived. Here, North Carolina guard Kendall Marshall reacts during a game between the Miami Hurricanes and the North Carolina Tar Heels in the quarterfinals of the ACC basketball tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC.

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March Madness lurches into gear on Tuesday, which means you have a few days to clear the couch, purchase the requisite foodstuffs, etc. But then again, maybe you won't be watching the March Madness tournament on your television at all. As the Monitor noted recently in a long piece on the changing face of television culture, plenty of Americans prefer to do their viewing these days on laptops and smartphones – and sporting events are no exception.

So assuming you're bored of the traditional TV set, where can you turn for March Madness content? Well, your single best bet might be a new app called NCAA March Madness On Demand, which will apparently allow you to stream free live video of any match in the NCAA 2011 Division I tournament. The On Demand app is available for the iPhone, iPod Touch, the iPad, and presumably the brand new iPad 2; you can download it for free here.

Don't have an Apple device? Don't fret. Android users can access NCAA March Madness Fan Zone, another free app which includes "basketball scores, news and rankings." Unlike the iOS app, Fan Zone won't give you access to any streaming video. But it will let NCAA diehards create fan groups and chat with like-minded friends; there's also an option to sync up content with Facebook and Twitter. That application is here.

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