Thanks to a standoff between Altitude Sports parent company KSE and the big-3 cable providers, most fans in the Colorado market have been unable to (legally) watch Avalanche games for the first month of the season. As of Friday morning, that ha changed for some.
According to Jim Martin, CEO of KSE, Altitude Sports has reached a multi-year agreement with DirecTV. The deal ends a two-month dispute with the distributor that prevented Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche fans from being able to watch their teams.
The Altitude Sports Network still does not have a deal in place with Comcast or Dish Network though the deal with DirecTV creates a sense of optimism that all cable subscribers in the market will have their Avalanche broadcast returned to them in the near future.
As soon as the deal was announce, Altitude began a movement to get all fans to switch to DirecTV - likely to put pressure on Comcast and Dish to come back to the negotiating table.
Fans who subscribe to DirecTV will be able to watch their team as early as Friday night as the Avalanche face off against the Central Division rival Dallas Stars at the Pepsi Centre.