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Silverman: ‘Tis the season for basketball, but we get lumps of coal from Comcast and Altitude

Tis the season. Basketball season. NBA games galore on Dec. 25. A quintuple header. Our Northwest Division-leading Nuggets will pluck the Pelicans Christmas night. Santa and ABC/ESPN are good to us on their big day. The rest of this regular season, we get lumps of coal from Comcast and Altitude Sports. Unless you have DirecTV […]

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Comcast raising local TV fees 57% in January; Altitude Sports missing from 2020 lineup

With no resolution in sight between the state’s largest cable TV provider and the channel that broadcasts Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche games, Comcast is moving into 2020 without Altitude Sports and plans to increase a separate local-broadcast fee by 57%. Starting Jan. 1, Comcast will reduce its regional sports network fee in Colorado by […]

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The definitive guide to Colorado’s history-making, fan-angering, TV landscape-shifting winter sports blackout

Call it a cruel irony of our times: Just when there has never been a more exciting period to revel in the success of Colorado’s two marquee winter pro sports teams, there has never been a more daunting time to try to watch them on television. For the first time in memory, hockey’s Colorado Avalanche […]

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The disruption of local sports TV began years ago — and it’s far from done

It’s not all about Altitude. Frenemies of the Denver sports broadcasting arm of Kroenke Sports and Entertainment have been in its shoes before. Longtime partners Comcast and AT&T’s DirecTV also own regional sports networks and have felt the pain as local sports channels nationwide deal with business models some say are broken. The networks face […]

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Altitude sues Comcast, says cable provider is running Denver sports network out of business

The dispute preventing Denver Nuggets fans from watching basketball games on Comcast turned uglier Monday as Altitude Sports & Entertainment filed a lawsuit calling the cable company “anti-competitive” and trying to eliminate the Denver-based regional sports channel in order to buy it “at a dramatically discounted rate.”  Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche games vanished in late […]