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.
Oscar-Nominated Actor Visits DC to Discuss Mental Health
WASHINGTON, DC (WENY) -- In the movie, "Silver Linings Playbook," actor Bradley Cooper plays a man with bipolar disorder.
"I got to experience what those who suffer from mental illness experience by playing this character," the actor said, as he participated in a panel discussion in Washington, DC Friday, at the Center for American Progress. Cooper appeared alongside former Congressman Patrick Kennedy, who himself suffers from bipolar disorder, and Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow, whose dad had the disease.
"I bet I could go to each person in this room, and somebody would have a story about a family member or friend, or possibly yourself," said Sen. Stabenow (D, Michigan).
Stabenow authored an amendment in the Affordable Care Act, which requires insurance companies to cover mental health cases the same way they cover physical health.
"We're very comfortable talking about heart disease, kidney disease…but when it's the organ of the brain, and there's a chemical imbalance, which is what this is and needs medication, we have a very different reaction," Stabenow said.
Stabenow and Cooper say there has to be a shift in the culture too. And they credit the movie for starting the conversation.
"I think there's a new silver lining for people with mental illness, and it's this movie," said Stabenow.
"If everybody else puts the real time in to understand, they can take action, and the next thing you know, we could have policy, and then real change can occur," said Cooper.
Bradley Cooper continues to raise awareness with his movie - he held a screening for veterans at the Walter Reed Medical Center last night. Meanwhile, Senator Stabenow is working on a bill that would expand mental health access at federal health centers.
"Silver Linings Playbook" is nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Bradley Cooper for Best Actor, and Best Picture.