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.
Debt ceiling divide: Democrats call Republicans' actions 'poison'
WASHINGTON, D.C. (09/18/2013) – Another day on Capitol Hill, another display of brutal partisan divide in Congress. This time, the issue at stake is the debt ceiling – and there is no plan in sight to resolve the problem.
“What the heck is going on here?” asked Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) to a crowd of reporters Wednesday during a press conference.
Schumer, along with Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) gathered to highlight findings of Klobuchar’s latest Joint Economic Committee report. The findings, according to the Democratic senators, show that a prolonged political battle over the debt ceiling could do serious damage to the U.S. economy.
The senators warned that interest rates could rise on everything from credit cards and home mortgages, to borrowing costs for businesses.
“This is a totally manufactured crisis,” said Casey, referring to the many Republicans who are using the debt ceiling debate as a bargaining chip to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
President Obama is calling it irresponsible politics, and said he wants a bipartisan approach to solve the debt crisis.
“I am prepared to work with Democrats and Republicans to deal with our long term entitlement issues,” Obama said.
And Schumer agrees.
“We believe, at least we hope, that the mainstream reasonable Republicans, as they get closer and closer to the deadline, will come to their senses,” he said. “But if they think we’re going to back off, they’re wrong. They’re on a different planet.”
The debt ceiling allows the government to borrow money so that it can pay bills it has already racked up. The Treasury Department is expected to exceed the $16.7 trillion debt ceiling in October.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Republicans are saying that the debt crisis can be resolved if the government makes more cuts to federal spending – to programs including Obamacare.
“This debt limit vote is a time to restrain spending,” said Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH). “The time for talk is over.”
If this all sounds familiar – that’s because it is – members of Congress had a similar debate back in 2011, when the scare of a debt ceiling default led a lower stock market and a downgrade in the nation’s credit.
Salim Furth, a senior policy analyst with the Heritage Foundation, said that cannot happen again.
“It’s unfortunate we need an alarm clock this loud to convince our politicians to do the right thing,” Furth said. “But, my hope is they’ll do the right thing before we get there and we won’t have to deal with short-term measures.”
However, the debt ceiling is not the only deadline approaching. The fiscal year ends September 30th, and the White House and Congress must agree to a new spending plan, or else they face a government shutdown.