Sit tight. As of late Tuesday afternoon, there was no deal between Time Warner Cable and LIN TV, the owners of CBS affiliate Channel 4 and CW affiliate Channel 23, to keep the stations on Western New York's largest cable system as the Thursday deadline nears.
Of course, deals like this one, which would include LIN stations throughout the country, tend to be done at the last minute. And both sides stand to lose substantially if no deal is reached.
Locally, Channel 4 could lose a substantial amount of viewers for its No. 1 newscasts, CBS' popular prime-time schedule and the Bills game Sunday in Arizona, and that would translate into lost advertisers dollars.
Time Warner could lose subscribers to satellite television and other competitors that carry the two LIN channels.
If no deal is reached, cable viewers desperate for the Bills game or CBS and CW programming could get the local channels with an indoor or outdoor antenna.
-- Alan Pergament