Altitude Sports and Entertainment
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (January 2010)|
|Altitude Sports and Entertainment|
|Launched||September 4, 2004|
|Owned by||Stan Kroenke|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
|Broadcast area||Colorado, Utah,
Nebraska, New Mexico
Nevada, South Dakota and Wyoming (via cable)
Nationwide (via DirecTV and Dish Network)
|DirecTV||681 Altitude (SD/HD)
682 Altitude 2 (SD)
682-1 Altitude 2 HD
|Dish Network||413 Altitude (SD/HD)
Altitude 2 varies by date (consult your Dish channel listings for availability)
Altitude Sports and Entertainment (usually referred to as simply Altitude) is an American regional sports cable and satellite television channel that is owned by Stan Kroenke. 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.
The channel holds broadcast rights to the five Denver-based professional sports teams that are owned by Kroenke – the NBA's Denver Nuggets, the NHL's Colorado Avalanche, the Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids, Major League Lacrosse's Denver Outlaws and the National Lacrosse League's Colorado Mammoth (in addition to these teams, Kroenke also serves as the majority shareholder of Arsenal FC Premier League club). Altitude features in-depth coverage of the five teams, including holding broadcast rights to the majority of Avalanche, Outlaws, Rapids 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, maroon and black for the Mammoth and crimson and sky blue for the Rapids).
Altitude also holds television rights to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox minor league baseball franchise (an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies) and Central Hockey League's Colorado Eagles. Altitude also broadcasts live college football games from the Western Athletic Conference (WAC), the Big Sky Conference and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. The channel also broadcasts Southeastern Conference, WAC and Big East Conference games from ESPN Plus, as well as select games from the Western Athletic Conference games from the WAC Sports Network and certain broadcasts from ESPN and its sister networks. In addition to airing college basketball games from the Big Sky and WAC, Altitude broadcasts Big 12 Conference games from ESPN Plus' Big 12 Network.
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.
Current on-air staff
- Kyle Keefe - host
- Mike Haynes - play-by-play (1997–present)
- Peter McNab - analyst (1997–present)
- Mark Rycroft - analyst (2006–present)
- Drew Goodman - play-by-play (2002–present)
- George Frazier - analyst (1998–present)
- Jeff Huson - analyst (2006–present)
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.