Altitude Sports and Entertainment

Altitude Sports and Entertainment (usually referred to as simply Altitude or Altitude TV) is an American regional sports cable and satellite television channel owned by Stan Kroenke's Kroenke Sports & Entertainment. The channel, which serves the Rocky Mountain region of the United States (specifically the Denver metropolitan area), features a mix of professional, collegiate, and high school sporting events as well as some entertainment-based programming.

Altitude Sports and Entertainment
Altitude logo
TypeRegional sports network
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaColorado
northeastern Nevada
northern New Mexico
western South Dakota
Nationwide (via satellite)
HeadquartersCentennial, Colorado
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
OwnerKroenke Sports & Entertainment
Sister channelsOutdoor Channel
Sportsman Channel
World Fishing Network
LaunchedSeptember 4, 2004 (2004-09-04)
FounderStan Kroenke
Streaming media
(U.S. cable internet subscribers only; requires login from participating providers to stream content; some events may not be available due to league rights restrictions)
DirecTV StreamInternet Protocol Television
FuboTVInternet Protocol Television

Launched on September 4, 2004, Altitude is headquartered in the Denver suburb of Centennial, Colorado. Altitude also operates Altitude 2, a secondary overflow channel that is used in the event of scheduling conflicts with games simultaneously set to air on the main Altitude channel.



Altitude Sports and Entertainment was launched on September 4, 2004.[citation needed] The channel was launched as a team-owned competitor to FSN Rocky Mountain (now known as AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain). It became the official broadcaster for both of Kroenke's teams on launch.

Altitude agreed to carry some games from the first season of the Fall Experimental Football League in October and November 2014.[1]



The channel holds broadcast rights to the three Denver-based professional sports teams that are owned by Kroenke – the NBA's Denver Nuggets, the NHL's Colorado Avalanche, and the National Lacrosse League's Colorado Mammoth. Altitude features in-depth coverage of the three teams, including holding broadcast rights to the majority of Avalanche, Mammoth and Nuggets games. The channel's logo bug changes colors depending on the team being broadcast (powder blue and gold for the Nuggets, burgundy and dark blue for the Avalanche and maroon and black for the Mammoth).

Altitude also holds television rights to Major League Lacrosse's Denver Outlaws and college athletics from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. They also simulcast select college football games from Montana, Montana State, New Mexico State and the Southland Conference. The channel previously broadcast Southeastern Conference, Western Athletic Conference, Big East Conference, Big 12 Conference games from ESPN+, and the American Hockey League's Colorado Eagles from 2004 to 2015.

It also airs entertainment programming including live theatrical productions and concerts, as well as a simulcast of veteran basketball referee Irv Brown's weekdaily radio program. Former Colorado governor Bill Owens hosted a talk show on the network during the final two years of his administration.

Altitude serves as a production partner for the Los Angeles Rams' NFL preseason games. Kroenke is the Rams' principal owner.[2]

On August 10, 2022, Altitude signed a two-year agreement with the Air Force Academy to air college football, men's and women's college basketball and college ice hockey events hosted by the Academy.[3]

Broadcast regions


Altitude covers a ten-state area. Due to restrictions imposed by the NBA and NHL, Avalanche and Nuggets games are not available in all areas. To comply with these restrictions, Altitude divides its broadcast area into multiple zones.[4]

Area covered Avalanche Nuggets
Colorado, Idaho (Central Idaho, Eastern Idaho), Kansas (except Johnson and Wyandotte counties), Nebraska, Northern New Mexico, Wyoming    
Western South Dakota, Johnson and Wyandotte counties in Kansas    
Idaho (Magic Valley, Southwestern Idaho, and northern Idaho Panhandle), Montana, Northeastern Nevada, Utah    



On August 28, 2019, Altitude was dropped by Dish Network.[5] Three days later, the channel was dropped by Comcast and DirecTV.[6] All three providers are accusing Altitude of demanding significant annual price increases for the channel's content, which they deemed unacceptable. On October 31, 2019, Altitude was restored by DirecTV after the two sides reached a multi-year agreement.[7] The disputes with Dish Network and Comcast remain unresolved.

On June 1, 2021, Altitude waived its exclusive local rights to broadcast game 5 of the NBA playoff game between the Denver Nuggets and the Portland Trail Blazers so that Comcast and Dish Network subscribers could watch the game on NBA TV (which would normally be subject to blackout restrictions).[8] Altitude is one of a few major regional sports networks that Comcast does not carry.[9] As Comcast is the largest cable provider in the Denver area, this means most Nuggets and Avalanche games are unavailable in Denver without a DirecTV subscription.

On October 6, 2022, Altitude and FuboTV announced an agreement that will allow the streaming service to carry the network, including Avalanche and Nuggets games throughout the ten-state region in time for the start of the 2022-23 NBA and NHL seasons.[10][11]

On-air staff


Current on-air staff

  • Kyle Keefe – host
  • Todd Romero – secondary host

Colorado Avalanche

  • Marc Moser – TV play-by-play [12]
  • Mark Rycroft – TV studio analyst (rotating), TV analyst and radio analyst
  • Kyle Keefe – TV studio host (rotating)
  • Rachel Richlinski - TV rink-side reporter (rotating)
  • Vic Lombardi - TV rink-side reporter (rotating)
  • Conor McGahey – Radio play-by-play/analyst
  • Mark Bertagnolli – Radio studio host
  • Alan Roach – Public address

Denver Nuggets


Altitude HD


Altitude HD[13] is a high definition simulcast feed of Altitude Sports and Entertainment, that broadcasts in the 1080i resolution format. The HD feed broadcasts Denver Nuggets[14] and Colorado Avalanche[15] games in HD. The channel also operates a high definition simulcast feed of Altitude 2.


  1. ^ "FXFL To Be Carried on ESPN3" (Press release). New York: FXFL. PR Newswire. October 1, 2014. Archived from the original on October 21, 2014. Retrieved October 20, 2014 – via NBC Right Now.
  2. ^ Dachman, Jason (March 7, 2022). "Altitude's Kroenke Network Operations Center Becomes Multi-Purpose Centralized Production Hub". Sports Video Group. Retrieved December 22, 2023.
  3. ^ "Air Force and Altitude Sports Announce Broadcasting Agreement". Retrieved 27 November 2022.
  4. ^ "Channel Finder - Altitude Sports". Retrieved January 2, 2024.
  5. ^ "Altitude Sports dropped from DISH Network lineup as 15-year partnership expires". The Denver Post. August 29, 2019.
  6. ^ "Altitude Sports dropped from major TV distributors Comcast, DIRECTV". The Denver Post. September 1, 2019.
  7. ^ "Altitude Sports reaches deal with DirecTV, ending two-month standoff with distributor". The Denver Post. November 10, 2019.
  8. ^ "Denver Nuggets and Portland Trail Blazers Game 5 to Air on Both Altitude Sports and NBA TV in 10-State Region". Altitude Sports. June 1, 2021. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  9. ^ "Altitude-Comcast blackout: Settlement conference ends without resolution but "discussions are continuing"". The Denver Post. 2022-02-24. Retrieved 2022-06-06.
  10. ^ "FuboTV, Altitude Sports Announce Carriage Agreement, Newest Streaming Deal For Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche Coverage". Altitude Sports. 6 October 2022. Retrieved 6 October 2022.
  11. ^ "FuboTV, Altitude Sports Announce Carriage Agreement, Newest Streaming Deal for Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche Coverage". FuboTV. 6 October 2022. Retrieved 6 October 2022.
  12. ^ "Altitude Sports Announces New Avalanche Play-By-Play Announcers". National Hockey League. Retrieved July 11, 2018.
  13. ^ :: Altitude Sports & Entertainment :: Archived August 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ :: Altitude Sports & Entertainment :: Archived April 5, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ :: Altitude Sports & Entertainment :: Archived August 19, 2007, at the Wayback Machine