Altitude Sports announced on Tuesday that it is waiving its exclusive rights to broadcast Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche first-round series playoff games.
What that means is that all nationally televised Avs games on NBCSN, NHL Network, CNBC and Nuggets games on TNT and ESPN will not be blacked out in the Denver metro area. So subscribers to both Comcast and Dish Network (which currently do no carry Altitude) will be able to watch both teams in the playoffs starting with tomorrow Avs-Coyotes game at 3:30 p.m. on NBCSN. All the games still will be available on Altitude as well.
However, it’s important to note that if any of the Nuggets or Avs games are not televised nationally Comcast and Dish subscribers still will not be able to watch them.
“Our fans have been ignored and dismissed by both Comcast and DISH Network continuing to blackout their hometown Network. We have never wanted our fans to miss a minute of action during Nuggets and Avalanche playoff runs.”Altitude president Matt Hutchings said of the decision.
Altitude had to work with both the NBA and NHL in order to waive its rights to the first-round games. Additionally, Altitude said in a statement that is continues to pursue streaming distribution deals that would expand the network’s reach.