March Madness app brings split-screen glory to Apple TV


Apple TV is the home of March Madness.
Apple TV is the home of March Madness.
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When the NCAA Men’s Basketball championship tips off on March 15th hoops fans will have an all-new way to get their fix using Apple TV.

The new March Madness Live streaming app will contain an exclusive Apple TV feature that lets users watch two games side-by-side, but you’ll need to be a paying TV subscriber to use it.

The new NCAA app developed in partnership with CBS and Turner Sports will be pushed out Thursday on a dozen platforms this year, including Amazon Fire, Roku, and smart TVs, reports Recode. Only Apple TV users will get the split screen experience though so you don’t miss any buzz beaters and Cinderella upsets.

Turner Sports gave an early demo of the app on Monday in LA, showcasing the Apple TV app’s new design that allows fans to see which games are playing live. You will also be able to stream games that have already finished, watch video previews and see game recaps.

When using the new split-screen feature fans will have the option to toggle between the audio commentary on both games. AirPlay support has also been added this year, letting fans play audio through AirPlay speakers. There’s also an Apple Watch component that sends alerts and updates on scores to your wrist.