Altitude TV, Comcast settle lawsuit, but RSN remains unavailable

Altitude TV and Comcast have settled a nearly four-year-old lawsuit, but the two sides remain at an impasse that will continue to keep Avalanche and Nuggets games blacked out in Colorado.

The two sides announced the settlement Friday afternoon in a joint statement, while also acknowledging it did not include an agreement to bring Altitude TV back to Comcast’s platforms.

“Comcast and Altitude remain willing to discuss potential future business and distribution arrangements,” the statement read.

The lawsuit, filed by Altitude TV against Comcast shortly after its carriage deal lapsed in September 2019, accused the cable giant of violating antitrust laws. The two parties entered into mediation last summer but were unable to reach a settlement until this week.

Representatives for Altitude TV, owned by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, declined to comment when contacted by The Post late Friday. Comcast Colorado communications director Leslie Oliver told The Post in a statement that the cable provider has offered to make Altitude TV available to customers on a “standalone subscription basis” like it does with HBO.

During mediation in July, Altitude TV requested that Comcast match the terms Comcast agreed to with AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain to broadcast Rockies games. But Comcast told The Post that proposal “would still require nearly every Comcast subscriber in the Denver area to pay a substantial fee for Altitude even though most Comcast customers have no interest in Altitude’s content.”

“This much is clear — Kroenke Sports controls the teams, the arena, and the Altitude network. The ball is in their court to do the right thing and make it available to their fans, regardless of their service provider,” Oliver said in a statement. “Comcast has been clear all along that we want to make the games available to the fans who want to watch them without making everyone else pay.”

AT&T SportsNet ran into its own problems recently, with Warner Brothers Discovery, Inc. announcing it would no longer send rights payments to the Rockies for games it airs on the RSN. While viewers will be able to watch Rockies games on AT&T SportsNet when their season starts later this month, a source told The Post, it’s unclear how long that arrangement will last.

Altitude TV is available on DirecTV and FuboTV, a live-sports TV streaming platform, but remains off the air on both Comcast and Dish Network.

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