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.
(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.