Altitude-Comcast lawsuit: Settlement conference scheduled for late February

The timeline for potentially ending the local television blackout of Avalanche and Nuggets games on Comcast is beginning to take shape.

Legal teams from Altitude TV and the state’s largest cable provider will meet for a settlement conference on Feb. 23, according to online court records. The conference, mediated by U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael E. Hegarty, is scheduled to achieve resolution for an antitrust lawsuit that dates back to November 2019 — shortly after the Kroenke-owned Avalanche, Nuggets and Rapids games were pulled from Comcast.

Earlier this month, Altitude updated its position in negotiations with the cable giant with plans for a revised contract proposal. The independent RSN said it will be offered to Comcast prior to their settlement conference. Altitude previously claimed in court documents that Comcast negotiated with business tactics that “make no economic sense” in an effort to eliminate or buy Altitude. Comcast denied those claims.

Specific details of Altitude’s latest contract offer have not been made public. But the RSN seems intent on ending its three-year blackout on Comcast.

“It is our hope that by working through a mediator, Altitude will be able to return to Comcast without raising the price for our fans to watch their local teams,” said Matt Hutchings, COO of Kroenke Sports and Entertainment, in a recent news release. “We have worked diligently toward that goal.”

Altitude has also not reached a contract agreement with Dish Network and the satellite television provider is not included in the antitrust lawsuit. Altitude programming is available on DirecTV.

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