Sweet 16 Streams Onto iPods


Apple Computer Inc. “iPod” users can score video from the 2006 NCAA Division I Basketball Championship thanks to a deal announced Tuesday between Apple and CBS Corp.

Under the deal, CBS’ College Sports Television will provide condensed video-download versions of Sweet 16 tournament games to the iTunes Music Store (www.apple.com/itunes/music) for $1.99 apiece. The videos -- packaged with expert analysis and commentary -- will be available the day after the games are played.

Users also have an option to sign up for a $19.99 “Season Pass” subscription, which gives them access to all 63 matchups the day after they are played. Users will be notified via e-mail when new game videos are available for download on the iTunes site.

Full-length versions of the semifinals and championship games will also be available, along with a connection of notable buzzer beaters, upsets and championship games from past NCAA tournaments.

“While CBS Sports' coverage of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship remains the centerpiece of the NCAAMarch Madness experience, iTunes is a great way for viewers to catch games they miss or to keep their favorite moments for viewing on their iPod,” CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus said in a prepared statement.