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Same old story: Avs opening-night game blacked out to Comcast subscribers



So, Wednesday’s Avs season-opener against the St. Louis Blues is being broadcast by separate entities: Altitude and the NBC Sports Network. Guess what you won’t be able to do if you’re a Comcast subscriber or a Dish Network subscriber or any other that isn’t Directv or AT&T streaming?

That’s correct. You won’t be able to see the game.

The same old story is still in play. There remains no carriage agreement between Altitude and Comcast or Dish, which means the NBCSN channel will be blacked out when the puck drops at 8:35 p.m. Wednesday. During the first round of the playoffs, the blackout for the NBCSN channel was lifted, even though Altitude was also broadcasting the games. That will NOT be the case moving forward, an Altitude source informed me today.

Before you get all hot and bothered at Altitude for this, they are simply doing what is in their contract, as they are the exclusive rights holder to Avs games in the Denver metro market. Every other team/broadcast outlet in every city does this. Altitude and Comcast have been at war since the fall of 2019, and Avs fans have been caught in the crossfire.

So, your options to see the Avs-Blues game, Comcast or Dish subscribers, are these: 1. You can cancel with them and go with Directv, which carries Altitude. 2. You can dump Comcast/Dish cable TV and keep their internet, then sign up for AT&T TV and AT&T TV Now, a streaming service that you can get on things like Amazon Firestick, Apple TV, Roku and others and which I detailed further in this story I wrote two weeks ago. 3. Or, you can find a pirate streaming site and watch on that. Keep in mind, that technically is illegal.

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(In an earlier version of this story, I thought that Center Ice/NHL.TV subscribers would be able to see Avs games through the road broadcast, but no. Not if you live in the Denver metro area and are a Comcast subscriber).

Keep in mind: I am not a paid spokesman for Directv or AT&T. I actually am a Comcast subscriber.

I hope you all find a way to watch the game, Avs fans.

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Chris meyer

Are you sure that nhl center ice or does not black out local games? I am pretty sure that those services will allow you to watch every other team outside of the Colorado region…

I live in Florida and I am not able to watch the lightning.

Chris Meyer

I believe the road stream will also be blocked…guess we will find out Wednesday.

Patrick McCarney

I can confirm that you don’t see any of the game, no Matter what feed. So lame lol

Jared Moss

I dunno what’s worse you poor comcast people who cant watch it or for me who even when I pay for it all the games are gonna be 10pm or like Wednesday night 1030pm…. stupid west coast division…. sorry kids daddies gonna be old cold thursday morning ( I live in ottawa ontario ) stupid time differences

Skyler Thomson

I do think it’s also worth pointing out, that if you have NHL.TV and use a VPN, you will be able to get the game. (This may also technically be illegal?) but it’s works great for my friends here in the Toronto area.

Also out of curiosity… why haven’t you switched to Direct TV?

Last edited 1 year ago by Skyler Thomson
Luke Waggoner

Not illegal, but against the TOS, so they could cancel your service and ban you as well without refund.

Luke Waggoner

Didn’t hear it from me, but receiving illegally streamed content is not illegal, since you are not reproducing it or profiting from it. Transmission/reproduction of copyrighted content is illegal but receiving it is not.

But again, you definitely didn’t hear it from me. And if anything asks, the name is Smith.


It will be interesting to see what happens to the “other methods” of streaming the games this year. The most recent stimulus bill included a provision that makes re-streaming a Felony Offense now.


I’m lucky! This Avs fan just moved to Phoenix and signed up for my Avs season package. Looking forward to watching all the games going forward.

Last edited 1 year ago by phrish
Matt Briggle

unfortunately you’ll still be blacked out for the games against AZ unless you use one of the aforementioned work arounds.

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I signed up for the AT&T choice package on 1/14 to be able to watch the Avalanche game on 1/15. The pic I uploaded was all I got for the game. $85 dollars later and the game’s still blacked out if you’re location is Colorado. Don’t bother with AT&T tv. It’s trash AF so just save your cash….


Ya, I got the same thing. Only I’m living in MT…I’m going to try again this Tuesday night…Hope it’s not blacked out again..

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