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Canadian channels will stay on Spectrum; "TBD" arrives in May

You have questions, I have answers.

Inquiring minds want to know: What happened to the launch of "TBD" on one of the Sinclair Broadcasting sub-channels?

A WUTV spokesperson said Tuesday that "TBD" has launched earlier on Sinclair stations across the country, but it won't happen here until May 1.

The delay may have confused some readers expecting to see the channel by February because Nick Magnini, the general manager of the two local stations owned by Sinclair Broadcasting, WUTV and WNYO, said in January he hoped "TBD" would arrive on Channel 29.2 in a few weeks.

TBD reportedly features web series, short films and music and video content aimed at millennials. In January, Magnini said it would replace The Country Network on 29.2

Inquiring minds also were fearful that Spectrum customers would lose the two Canadian channels carried in Western New York because they didn't appear on some station lineups they saw.

However, a Spectrum spokesperson said there is no reason to worry.  The channels are on the new Spectrum and existing TWC channel lineups. CBLT is at 16/1238 and CFTO is 12/1237. Customers can go to and search channel lineups by ZIP code. You may have to clear your cookies to get the latest channel guide update.

The spokesperson confirmed that Spectrum advertising and promotional pricing is aimed primarily at new customers. He added customers can switch to a Spectrum package or keep their existing TWC package, with the same programming, internet speeds and features.

Additionally, the spokesperson said that if a customer keeps a TWC package, the regular price, features and options continue. If a current customer is on a package with TWC promotional pricing, they can keep it until the promotional period expires, then they can switch to Spectrum or keep their TWC package at the regular price.

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