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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.
If you would like to learn more about local television and what can be done to help, please visit
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.
Obama, Romney in a Heated Debate
Romney and Obama tangled for the first time face to face - and heatedly - over the administration's handling of the September attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, which killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.
Romney accused Obama of taking too long to refer to the attack as a terrorist strike, and of turning too quickly to politics after the tragedy. Obama later pointed out that he referred to "acts of terror" the very next day.
Romney told the audience: "On the day following the assassination of the United States ambassador, the first time that's happened since 1979, when - when we have four Americans killed there, when apparently we didn't know what happened, that the president, the day after that happened, flies to Las Vegas for a political fund-raiser."
Visibly upset, Obama said he went to the Rose Garden the day after the attack to pledge that he would find out what happened, and later met with grieving families.
"And the suggestion that anybody in my team, whether the secretary of state, our U.N. ambassador, anybody on my team would play politics or mislead when we've lost four of our own, governor, is offensive. That's not what we do. That's not what I do as president, that's not what I do as commander in chief."
Obama came out swinging, striking immediately at Romney's opposition to the Democrat's handling of the auto industry bailout.
Obama was seen as having missed opportunities to make gains in the first debate with Romney two weeks ago. The Republican was viewed as having won the debate.
In their second meeting, Obama accused Romney of letting the oil companies write the energy policies and said Romney had "gone to a more extreme place when it comes to social policy" than George W. Bush, the most recent Republican president.
Obama's style was also much more confrontational. He addressed Romney directly, unlike their first debate in Denver, when Obama almost exclusively addressed the moderator and the audience.
And several times Obama accused Romney of being untruthful, repeating "what you're saying is just not true."
Obama and Romney are vying for key female supporters - and their responses during the debate showed it.
But Romney raised more than a few eyebrows when he referred to "binders full of women" while describing efforts to diversify his Cabinet as governor of Massachusetts.
"I went to a number of women's groups and said, 'Can you help us find folks?' and they brought us whole binders full of women," Romney said, apparently referring to books of resumes.
Binders were a hot topic on Twitter as debate viewers mulled the odd imagery. Tweeted actor Zach Braff: "The main thing I took from tonight is that I need a binder full of women."
Romney also made an economic case, saying that growing the economy would help women struggling to find jobs and pay bills.
Obama, meanwhile, noted that the first piece of legislation he signed made it easier for women to seek the same pay as men for doing the same work. He questioned Romney's commitment to women's health care, pointing to the Republican's vow to eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood. "These are not just women's issues. These are family issues. These are economic issues," Obama said.
Not only was Obama more aggressive, the president and Romney slowly circled around each other - at times standing face to face - in moves that seemed more choreographed by a boxing trainer than a debate coach.
Their exchanges were equally animated. At times they spoke loudly over each other as moderator Candy Crowley tried to keep order.
"Gov. Romney, keep it short," Crowley said.
"Just going to make a point," Romney shot back.
"I'm used to being interrupted," Obama quipped.
At one point, Romney confronted Obama over comments Obama made regarding Romney's investments.
At another, Obama, watching the moderator for his turn, popped up off his stool, only to sit back down as Romney continued.
The second debate had plenty of sharp, one-liners.
At one point, Romney asked the president if he had looked at his pension lately. Referencing Romney's wealth, Obama shot back: "I don't look at my pension. It's not as big as yours so it doesn't take as long."
Romney said Obama's handling of the economy had hurt millions of families. "The middle class has been crushed over the last four years, and jobs have been too scarce," Romney said, a line that he returned to later in the evening.
Obama offered another zinger when he accused Romney of hiding the specifics of his tax plan. "We haven't heard from the governor any specifics beyond Big Bird and eliminating funding for Planned Parenthood."
After the first debate, many Democrats said they were surprised that Obama never brought up Romney's videotaped remarks that 47 percent of Americans are dependent on the government. This time, Obama turned it into his closing statement.
Asked about misperceptions of their candidacies, Romney said Obama's campaign had tried to turn him into something he's not and told the audience that he cares "about 100 percent of the American people."
When it came time for Obama to respond, the president pounced, saying that when Romney said "behind closed doors" that 47 percent considered themselves victims, "think about who he was talking about." He rattled off a litany of key voting groups: the elderly receiving Social Security, veterans, students and soldiers.
Obama said he wanted to "fight for them ... If they succeed, I believe this country succeeds."