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.
Shooting Fuels Gun Control Debate
WASHINGTON, DC (WENY) -- White House spokesman Jay Carney says President Obama was notified about the shooting by his homeland security advisor, John Brennan.
Carney says the president has received regular updates all day long. He says the president spoke on the phone to Connecticut's governor and pledged support of the federal government.
Wealso spoke to Michigan senator Carl Levin, and he got a little emotional talking about this incident.
"I can't even begin to comprehend how anyone could do this to children much less to adults. As a father of three and a grandfather of six, you worry about your kids and your grandkids every moment. It's just too horrific to even begin to know how I would cope or how my wife would cope if one of our kids or grandkids was in this kind of a tragedy,
said Senator Carl Levin (D - Michigan).
Whenever there's a mass shooting like this, the gun rights versus gun control debate is once again thrust into the spotlight. When we spoke to Levin today, we still did not know what kind of weapon was used, but here's what he had to say about that.
"If it's a semi-automatic, I just don't understand why we continue to permit these kind of weapons that have no kind of sporting purpose that I know …I'll defend rifles and shotguns. Obviously, they have sporting purpose and should be protected and are protected," he said.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said while today is not a day to debate gun policy, President Obama remains committed to banning assault weapons.