(Denver) Imagine that Videotron one day stops offering RDS on its cable distribution network, or that Bell makes it impossible to subscribe to TVA Sports.
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Indeed, we feared it would come to this in 2019 when Quebecor blocked the TVA Sports signal to Bell subscribers, but everything is back to normal. But in Denver, it really is a reality.
That’s because the team’s official broadcaster, Altitude Sports, doesn’t get along well with Comcast and Dish Network, two of the leading cable companies in the United States. Consequence: the channel is not offered to subscribers of these two services, who therefore cannot follow the matches of their team without resorting to illegal means.
Leaving the Ball Arena after Wednesday’s game, we chat with three fans who we feared would be tipsy, but who were ultimately as straight as Shane (sorry her). Let’s talk about the topic that one of them interrupts us. “Don’t tell me about it!”
As the discussion progresses, we understand that the opinion of the majority of supporters is frustration for a scam of billionaires. Altitude appears to be owned by Stan Kroenke, owner of Avalanche, who also owns the Nuggets (NBA), Colorado Rapids (MLS), Arsenal FC (EPL), as well as the Los Angeles Rams (NFL).) , who moved from St. Louis.
If he ever worries that his next insurance payment will rebound, he can always borrow money from his wife, Ann Walton. Walton as in Walmart. You understand from this that we don’t often eat baloney at Kroenke-Walton.
Let’s talk to our server at Station 26, a cozy microbrewery in the Northeast Park Hill District.
During the first game of the final, “everyone sitting at the bar was wearing an Avalanche jersey,” he says proudly. There is nothing sporty in his bar; there are two televisions, but it is a classic microbrewery, which closes at 11pm, which has everything needed for people who bring Toutou, which also offers sunscreen at the entrance for those who roast on the terrace. In short, not the kind of place where the owner will invest thousands of dollars to subscribe to all the sports networks.
In the playoffs he can present the matches, as they are broadcast by the major national networks. But in season, there’s no way to watch the Avalanche there. Even at home, because he doesn’t have access to Altitude. Its solution?
Like any good Denver resident, I’m watching this through a VPN connection across India!
According to an estimate cited by The Athletic last November, Comcast and Dish own about 55% of the Denver cable market. So there are a lot of potential hockey fans who can’t watch the games, so much so that the question came up at Gary Bettman’s press conference on Wednesday.
“It’s an unfortunate situation,” the NHL commissioner said. Fans should express their displeasure to those they write checks to every month. ”
With two of the NHL’s most spectacular players in Cale Makar and Nathan MacKinnon playing in Colorado, one can understand the beating of Bettman’s toes.
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