Altitude Sports & Entertainment announced today that it will broadcast all Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets games during the 2009-10 seasons in high definition format. In addition, Altitude will launch a full-time high definition channel in the fall of 2009 and will be available in 5.1-channel surround sound effective immediately.
“This is a significant milestone both for the network and the teams,” remarked Matt Hutchings, Altitude’s EVP/COO
. “We are thrilled to announce enhanced HD schedules for our hometown teams and look forward to the growth of our full-time HD channel,” he concluded.
In addition to Avalanche and Nuggets game coverage, Altitude’s full-time HD channel will carry all regular network programs, including those that are available only in standard definition format. For those programs that are not available in high definition, Altitude will modify the standard definition feed to appear without picture degradation. Please note that NBA and NHL territory blackout restrictions will continue to apply to both standard definition and high definition game feeds that appear on the network.
Altitude will make these high definition broadcasts available to all cable and satellite providers throughout its 10-state region. On most cable or satellite carriers, high definition channels are part of an optional package and some do not provide any high definition offerings, so please check with your local cable or satellite provider for more details about receiving Altitude in HD. On days when the Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets play during an overlapping window, Altitude will provide television feeds in both standard definition and high definition.
Though it is Altitude’s intent to show every Colorado Avalanche and Denver Nuggets game in high definition format, there may be some instances in which the network will not be able to televise that particular game in HD if the appropriate equipment is unavailable. The network anticipates that this will be a rare event and will make every effort to air every game in high definition.Seen in more than 3 million homes in a 10 state territory, Altitude is the television home of the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Rapids, Colorado Mammoth, Colorado Eagles, the Big Sky Conference, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, ESPN Syndication (including Big 12 Conference and Western Athletic Conference events), as well as other local and regional sports, entertainment and public affairs programming. A full list of Altitude programming and other information can be found at www.altitude.tv.