WENY seeking to resolve negotiation with DirecTV
Lilly Broadcasting, parent of WENY, is continuing its efforts to renew its carriage agreement with DirecTV after reaching an impasse, resulting in WENY potentially not being carried by DirecTV.
We have prepared this page to help you continue to watch your local station, WENY, if DIRECTV stops providing them in the service package you subscribed to.
If DIRECTV stops providing your local channels you can still receive our news and programming through these other channels:
• Over-the-air with an antenna
• Other satellite providers
• Cable systems all through our area
• Our news is always available online through our Apple and Android apps and Web site (WENY.com).
Every employee of our TV station lives here with you - we all give time, effort and money towards bettering our town. Each of us feels terrible we have no control over DIRECTV's decision to remove local channels from a service you pay for.
The Lilly Broadcasting negotiating team has been ready and available around-the-clock to engage in substantive negotiations with DirecTV—in hopes of concluding a fair agreement that reflects the current marketplace.
We recognize viewers will be upset, and we share your frustration.
Since 2015, DIRECTV has been involved in nearly 60% of all carriage disputes with broadcasters—by far the largest amount of any pay TV operator. In fact, DIRECTV has refused to carry one or more broadcasters nearly every week since this past Christmas.
In the end, DIRECTV’s tactics will hurt their subscribers and you—our viewers. DIRECTV is making subscribers pay for programming they are not receiving. That just isn’t fair.
While DIRECTV may stop carrying WENY, we have not ‘blacked out’ our station. You may continue to receive WENY for free, over the air, and, where available, from your local cable or satellite operators. Additionally, we believe DIRECTV should offer refunds or credits to DIRECTV subscribers who are not receiving WENY. We recommend that subscribers contact DirecTV customer service to ask about a refund or a credit at 1-877-710-6331.
We hope DirecTV shares our sense of urgency in keeping WENY on for its subscribers. We appreciate the patience and support of viewers such as you, and we will continue to work diligently to reach a fair agreement that reflects the value of our stations in the current market place.
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You can also determine the type of antenna needed to receive the signals of Lilly Broadcasting television stations at http://www.antennaweb.org/.
Finally, to contact DirecTV regarding the inconvenience caused by its unfair tactics and unreasonable demands, please call DirecTV customer service at 1-877-710-6331.
Former GOP Rep. “Upset” Over Congressmen’s Actions In Israel
WASHINGTON, DC (WENY) -- A former Republican congressman says some members of Congress have “embarrassed the institution.” He also says they owe an apology to Israel, the Republican Party, and the House of Representatives.
This comes after Politico published an article Sunday saying the FBI was investigating a congressional trip to Israel last year in which several Republican congressman took a late-night swim in the Sea of Galilee. Politico reports Southern Tier Rep. Tom Reed and his wife participated in the swim. Politico also reports that drinking was involved.
Former Congressman Phil English, who represented Northwest Pennsylvania for 14 years in the House Representatives, participated in a similar trip to Israel back in 2001. English thinks the behavior of the congressmen involved in this incident takes away from the important mission of such trips.
“I am very upset with the way they handled this,” said English.
English says the only of congressman from the trip he knows is Tom Reed, whom he calls a “quality guy.”
“There are a couple of people on that delegation who I think are first-rate people, like Tom Reed,” explained English. “On the other hand, the gentleman from Kansas, Mr. Yoder, I think really owes his constituency and the House a full explanation.”
Yoder admits he jumped naked into the Sea of Galilee. He told Politico, “It is my greatest honor to represent the people of Kansas in Congress and [for] any embarrassment I have caused for my colleagues and constituents, I apologize.”
“Any member of Congress who travels overseas has a fundamental obligation to represent the country by their behavior, by what they do when they’re there. I think it’s outrageous for someone in the Congress – anyone – to be involved in something like skinny dipping or fraternity tactics,” responded English.
Several viewers on WENY-TV’s Facebook page have asked why the FBI should even get involved in a situation like this. English’s responded, “I think that if elected officials are involved in irresponsible behavior overseas, that is a serious thing that the American government has a right to know and ought to know.”
According to Politico, the FBI’s investigation has not led to any formal allegations of wrongdoing. Congressman Yoder and Reed both say they have not been interviewed by the FBI.