(Denver) Imagine that one day Videotron would stop offering RDS on its cable distribution network, or that Bell would make it impossible to subscribe to TVA Sports.
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In fact, we feared it would come to that in 2019 when Quebecor blocked TVA Sports’ signal for Bell subscribers, but everything was back to normal. But in Denver it’s actually a reality.
That’s because the team’s official broadcaster, Altitude Sports, doesn’t get along with Comcast and Dish Network, two of the major cable companies in the United States. Consequence: the channel is not offered to subscribers to these two services, who therefore cannot follow their team’s matches without illegal means.
Emerging from the Ball Arena after Wednesday’s game, we chatted to three fans who we thought were tipsy, but who finally got straight as a Shane (excuse them). We are talking about the subject that one of them interrupts us. “Don’t talk to me about it! »
As the discussion progresses, we understand that the majority of supporters are frustrated by a billionaire bully. Apparently, Altitude is owned by Stan Kroenke, owner of the Avalanche, who also owns the Nuggets (NBA), Colorado Rapids (MLS), Arsenal FC (EPL), and Los Angeles Rams (NFL). that he moved away from St. Louis.
If he ever worries his next insurance payment is going down, he can always borrow money from his wife, Ann Walton. Walton as in Walmart. Understand that we don’t often eat nonsense at the Kroenke-Walton.
We’re sending word to our server at Station 26, a friendly microbrewery in northeast Park Hill.
For the first game of the finals, “everyone at the bar was wearing an Avalanche jersey,” he says proudly. There’s nothing sporty about his bar; There are two TVs but it’s a classic microbrewery that closes at 11pm that has all the essentials for people bringing toutou that even offers sunscreen at the entrance for those roasting on the terrace. In short, not the kind of place where the owner will invest thousands of dollars to subscribe to all sports networks.
In the playoffs he can present the games as they are broadcast by the major national channels. But in the season no possibility to observe the avalanche there. Neither does he at home because he doesn’t have access to Altitude. His solution?
Like any good Denver resident, I’m watching this via a VPN connection across India!
According to an estimate quoted by The Athletic last November, Comcast and Dish own about 55% of Denver’s cable market. So that’s a lot of potential hockey fans who can’t see the games, so much so that the question came up at Gary Bettman’s press conference Wednesday.
“It’s an unfortunate situation,” said the NHL commissioner. Fans should express their displeasure with those they write checks to each month. »
With two of the NHL’s most spectacular players playing in Cale Makar and Nathan MacKinnon in Colorado, Bettman’s toe tapping is understandable.
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