|Type||Regional sports network|
northern New Mexico
western South Dakota
Nationwide (via satellite)
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Owner||Kroenke Sports & Entertainment|
|Sister channels||Outdoor Channel|
World Fishing Network
|Launched||September 4, 2004|
(U.S. cable internet subscribers only; requires login from participating providers to stream content; some events may not be available due to league rights restrictions)
|DirecTV Stream||Internet Protocol Televsion|
|FuboTV||Internet Protocol Televsion|
Altitude Sports and Entertainment (usually referred to as simply Altitude) is an American regional sports cable and satellite television channel owned by Stan Kroenke's Kroenke Sports & Entertainment. The channel, which serves the Rocky Mountain region of the United States (specifically the Denver metropolitan area), features a mix of professional, collegiate, and high school sporting events as well as some entertainment-based programming.
Launched on September 4, 2004, Altitude is headquartered in the Denver suburb of Centennial, Colorado. Altitude also operates Altitude 2, a secondary overflow channel that is used in the event of scheduling conflicts with games simultaneously set to air on the main Altitude channel.
Altitude Sports and Entertainment was launched on September 4, 2004. The channel was launched as a team-owned competitor to FSN Rocky Mountain (now known as AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain). It became the official broadcaster for both of Kroenke's teams on launch.
Altitude agreed to carry some games from the first season of the Fall Experimental Football League in October and November 2014.
The channel holds broadcast rights to the three Denver-based professional sports teams that are owned by Kroenke – the NBA's Denver Nuggets, the NHL's Colorado Avalanche, and the National Lacrosse League's Colorado Mammoth. Altitude features in-depth coverage of the three teams, including holding broadcast rights to the majority of Avalanche, Mammoth and Nuggets games. The channel's logo bug changes colors depending on the team being broadcast (powder blue and gold for the Nuggets, burgundy and dark blue for the Avalanche and maroon and black for the Mammoth).
Altitude also holds television rights to Major League Lacrosse's Denver Outlaws and the AHL's Colorado Eagles (an affiliate of the Avalanche). Altitude also broadcasts live college athletics from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. They also simulcast select college football games from Montana, Montana State, New Mexico State and the Southland Conference. The channel previously broadcast Southeastern Conference, Western Athletic Conference, Big East Conference, and Big 12 Conference games from ESPN+.
It also airs entertainment programming including live theatrical productions and concerts, as well as a simulcast of veteran basketball referee Irv Brown's weekdaily radio program. Former Colorado governor Bill Owens hosted a talk show on the network during the final two years of his administration.
As the team is principally owned by Kroenke, Altitude serves as production partner for the Los Angeles Rams' NFL preseason games.
On August 10, 2022, Altitude signed a two-year agreement with the Air Force Academy to air college football, men's and women's college basketball and college ice hockey events hosted by the Academy.
Altitude covers a ten-state area. Due to restrictions imposed by the NBA and NHL, Avalanche and Nuggets games are not available in all areas. To comply with these restrictions, Altitude divides its broadcast area into eight zones.
|Region #||Area covered||Avalanche||Nuggets||Rapids|
|1||Northeastern Colorado including Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, and Pueblo|
|2||Western Slope, Southeastern Colorado, Albany & Laramie counties in Wyoming|
|3||Northern New Mexico, Wyoming (except Albany & Laramie counties)|
|4||Kansas (except Johnson & Wyandotte counties), Nebraska|
|5||Western South Dakota, Johnson & Wyandotte counties in Kansas|
|6||Montana, Idaho (Magic Valley, Southwestern Idaho, & northern Idaho Panhandle), Northeastern Nevada|
|6a||Central Idaho, Eastern Idaho, southern Idaho Panhandle|
On August 28, 2019, Altitude was dropped by Dish Network. Three days later, the channel was dropped by Comcast and DirecTV. All three providers are accusing Altitude of demanding significant annual price increases for the channel's content, which they deemed unacceptable. On October 31, 2019, Altitude was restored by DirecTV after the two sides reached a multi-year agreement. The disputes with Dish Network and Comcast remain unresolved.
On June 1, 2021, Altitude waived its exclusive local rights to broadcast game 5 of the NBA playoff game between the Denver Nuggets and the Portland Trail Blazers so that Comcast and Dish Network subscribers could watch the game on NBA TV (which would normally be subject to blackout restrictions). Altitude is one of a few major regional sports networks that Comcast does not carry. As Comcast is the largest cable provider in the Denver area, this means most Nuggets and Avalanche games are unavailable in Denver without a DirecTV subscription.
On October 6, 2022, Altitude and FuboTV announced an agreement that will allow the streaming service to carry the network, including Avalanche and Nuggets games throughout the ten-state region in time for the start of the 2022-23 NBA and NHL seasons.
Altitude HD is a high definition simulcast feed of Altitude Sports and Entertainment, that broadcasts in the 1080i resolution format. The HD feed broadcasts Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche games in HD. Colorado Rapids soccer matches are not available in HD. The channel also operates a high definition simulcast feed of Altitude 2.