Altitude Exec Says Carriers Won't Budge On Subscriber Rates
Altitude Sports COO Matt Hutchings discussed the RSN's ongoing carriage dispute, and said while distributors have "been intrigued with their innovative ideas," they "won't budge on their carrier rates," according to Mike Singer of the DENVER POST. Hutchings during Friday's Suns-Nuggets broadcast on KTVD-TV said, "They just won't accept it. They're stonewalling and the fans are losing out, and that's not right." Hutchings also revealed some of what the latest offers to distributors have entailed, saying, "We want to do 4K (technology). We talked about putting a skycam in the Pepsi Center. We talked about doing an extra channel so folks can have access into when you guys are preparing and when the guys are warming up" (DENVER POST, 10/27). The WALL STREET JOURNAL's Lillian Rizzo in a front-page piece noted there currently is a "blackout from all major providers ... something unheard of in modern American sports history." The city's sportscasters are "still calling the games, even when hardly anyone is watching." Meanwhile, Altitude Nuggets reporter Katy Winge has been "tweeting videos of the sportscasters announcing the game as well as quotes from the otherwise-unseen play-by-plays." Winge recently tweeted that Nuggets play-by-play man Chris Marlowe was in "midseason form." A user said in response, "I wouldn't know. I have DirecTV" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 10/26).