Spring fever heats up with the start of the annual college basketball tournament. This year, get your game on with Samsung Smart TV apps that let you rule the championship at the touch of a button. From managing your brackets to sharing the madness with fellow fans, Samsung Smart TV apps bring the action home like never before.
Whether you take a scientific approach to your bracket or just go with your gut, there's a Samsung Smart TV app to help you out. First, do your homework. The ESPN Next Level app provides stats and interesting facts about top players and in-depth magazine articles. The “Picks” feature gives you a list of upcoming games along with a forecasted win probability to help you make an educated decision. For the latest sports news, download the AP News Ticker app. The tops stories scroll along the bottom of the screen so you can easily select and expand the article for the latest info about your favorite teams and players. Once you've done your research and built your bracket, make sure you never miss a game with the Google Calendar app, a free web-based calendar that lets you set up alerts for every game.
Don't just sit there and watch a game—take charge of your championship viewing with the ESPN ScoreCenter app. Get real-time scores for every match-up without waiting for a halftime update, channel surfing or checking your laptop. Keep your brackets up to the minute by personalizing the app to track your teams, and get the latest stats and news without leaving the game. You can even position the app wherever you want it on screen, so it never blocks the action.
Whether you want to rant about a bad play or celebrate a huge upset, you know you can't keep your opinions to yourself. Get out there and share the madness with apps that let you connect to fellow fans right in the middle of the action. The Ustream app lets you access the leading live interactive broadcast platform, so you can engage with other viewers while you watch live game broadcasts. Use the Social TV app to jump on Facebook, Twitter and Google Talk while you watch—you can even integrate the app as a ticker overlay on your screen, and show your team spirit, post predictions and even do a little friendly "trash talking" without missing a second of the action.
Don't let tournament season come to a close without a blowout party. If your team made it to the end, you've got every reason to celebrate, and even if your pick didn't go the distance, there's nothing like the championship game as an excuse to party it out. Stock up on your favorite game night snacks, put out some school colors and invite everyone over to catch the final matchup in stunning HD on your Samsung Smart TV.
Your heart's too broken to enjoy the big game? Download the XOS College Sports app or the SEC Digital Network app (if your favorite team is in the SEC), and get access to a library of full-length games, documentaries and original programming. Register online to purchase or rent both recent and classic games, relive those glory days, and remember—there's always next year.
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