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Broncos fans scrambling for options to watch Thursday game

By Joe Dominguez, Multimedia Journalist - Pueblo Chieftain Bureau , j.dominguez@krdo.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 06:54:21 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 12 2013 06:06:47 PM CST

Some Broncos fans find themselves shut out of Thursday night's game with the San Diego Chargers because of an NFL rule. Joe Dominguez reports.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -

The Denver Broncos game kicking off around 6:30 p.m. Thursday night will only be available on the NFL Network and not through over-the-air channels.

According to NFL broadcasting rules, only TV stations in the home market of teams are allowed to rebroadcast the game for non-cable and-satellite users. That means the CBS station in Denver can show the game but not the CBS station in Colorado Springs.

That's expected to drive many football fans into sports bars across southern Colorado that carry the NFL Network.

KRDO Newschannel 13 called around to find out what kind of upgrade you may need if you do want to  pay the extra money to watch the game at home.

If you have DISH Network, you can upgrade to the sports package for an additional $11 per month.

Most DIRECTV customers already have the NFL Network on channel 212. If you don't, consider a quick change from the entertainment package ($29 per month) to the choice package ($35 per month).

For Comcast Xfinity customers, the NFL Network is in the standard preferred tier.  If you're currently paying for expanded basic cable, that would be between $10 to $18.50 per month more. A customer representative for Comcast said a two-way addressable box is needed to upgrade immediately. Typically, if you're able to watch programming on demand, your cable box is able to do an immediate upgrade.

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