Altitude-Comcast blackout: Settlement conference ends without resolution but “discussions are continuing”

A settlement conference between legal teams from Altitude TV and Comcast did not produce a resolution Wednesday for the regional sports network’s television blackout on Comcast.

Talks to bring back locally broadcast Avalanche, Nuggets and Rapids games on the state’s largest cable provider are ongoing. But it is unclear when Altitude will make its return. The Kroenke-owned network has not appeared on Comcast since September 2019 when its contract expired.

Kroenke Sports and Entertainment, in a statement provided to The Denver Post on Wednesday, said: “KSE met today with Comcast and discussions are continuing.”

Kate Oravez, a Comcast spokesperson, told The Post: “We are continuing our discussions and plan to meet again.”

Both sides agreed to Wednesday’s settlement conference, mediated by U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael E. Hegarty, to achieve a resolution for their antitrust lawsuit. Altitude previously claimed the cable giant negotiated with illegal business tactics that “make no economic sense” in order to buy or eliminate the RSN. Comcast argued that Altitude conflated a “routine commercial disagreement” with a violation of antitrust laws.

However, in mid-December, Altitude adjusted its position in contract negotiations with a new offer to Comcast. The Post could not determine specifics of Altitude’s latest proposal. But the RSN said in a news release: “It is Altitude’s aim that this offer will bring the case to a close and return the network to Comcast for Front Range fans.”

It is unknown if Altitude and Comcast will agree on new contract terms before the start or completion of the NBA and NHL playoffs.

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