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Altitude waives exclusive rights to Avalanche and Nuggets playoff games

Mike Chambers, Denver Post
Colorado Avalanche's Mikko Rantanen (96) and Nazem Kadri (91) celebrate a goal on St. Louis Blues goalie Jordan Binnington (50) during the third period of an NHL hockey playoff game Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020, in Edmonton, Alberta. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
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Altitude has announced it will waive its exclusive broadcasting rights for Avalanche and Nuggets first-round playoff games, thus all games will be available locally on national platforms such as NBC (NHL) and TNT (NBA) in addition to Altitude.

In addition, Altitude also announced it’s pursuing streaming distribution deals that would “expand and augment Altitude’s coverage.” Altitude has said previously that a streaming service wasn’t financially sustainable, citing lack of scale and efficiency.

Altitude is owned by Kroenke Sports and Entertainment, which also owns the Avalanche and Nuggets. Altitude is not available to Comcast and Dish Network subscribers, and multiple Avalanche and Nuggets games in the NHL and NBA bubbles, respectively, have been blacked out because of Altitude’s exclusive rights.

The Avalanche begins its first-round playoff series against the Arizona Coyotes at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. The game will be available on Altitude and NBCSN. The NBA playoffs begin Aug. 17, with the Nuggets’ schedule yet to be determined.

Read more via The Denver Post.


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