By: Richard Irving, VP of Product
Selection Sunday and the First Four are just around the corner, which means college athletes- and their fans- from all around the country are preparing themselves for March Madness, arguably the most exciting three weeks in sports. That also means that our Hulu product and tech teams are excited to give you the ultimate March Madness viewing experience on Hulu.
The 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship officially tips-off on Tuesday, March 13th and the Division I Women’s Basketball Championship begins on March 16th. With 68 men’s teams and 64 women’s teams vying to cut down the nets and raise their championship trophy, there will be hundreds of hours of games to watch. If you subscribe to live TV on Hulu, you can tune into all of the live March Madness coverage across tbs, CBS, TNT and truTV in most cities. In addition to the live coverage, Hulu is partnering with Turner Sports to bring featured highlights, key moments and more to both our live and on-demand-only subscribers.
And because we heard positive feedback from you around our personalized Olympics experience, we’re launching a similar experience to celebrate the NCAA tournament.
Beginning Monday after Selection Sunday, if you subscribe to Hulu With Live TV we’ll show you a team picking experience where you’ll be able to select the NCAA men’s and women’s teams you want to follow closely throughout the tournament. Adding a team to My Stuff will surface those games at the top of your lineup and automatically record them. We’ll also have dedicated collections for all of the live games and highlights. And, for the first time ever, we’re launching game start notifications on iOS and Android. We’ll send you mobile notifications alerting you when your selected teams’ games are about to start. Whether you’re casually keeping tabs on your college, or a March Madness fanatic, you’ll never miss a moment of the Madness.
If you’re interested in exploring beyond just your selected teams, you can easily get to the full March Madness hub dedicated to showcasing coverage across the entire tournament. Here you can browse all of the live, upcoming and on-demand content from March Madness including featured highlights, full game recaps, March Madness Moments, Team Confidential, Dunk of the Day and Final Four Features.
We know that some of the games you’ll want to watch start when you’re away from your TV, so point your browser to beta.hulu.com to watch from your computer. Plus, we’ve got some Hulu hacks available on beta.hulu.com for you to enjoy. You can continue to watch the game while you browse what else is on with Picture-in-Picture. Just click the “minimize” button in the right, bottom corner of the player to activate picture-in-picture viewing. From there, you’ll be able to move the small player, anywhere on your screen while you multitask. Additionally, depending on your live TV subscription, if you’re invested in multiple games that are airing at the same time, you can watch on multiple windows in your browser.
You’ll also be able to access the March Madness Live app and website using your Hulu credentials. We hope you enjoy your March Madness experience on Hulu!