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.
Desperate for a deal: Economists say Congress is playing with fire
WASHINGTON, D.C. (10/14/2013) - The nation is just three days away from hitting the debt ceiling. Americans are showing their frustration at rallies, and the financial markets are jittery.
“People say this is crazy to take this chance. We don’t know what is going to happen, but it’s going to be bad. It could be catastrophic,” said Ron Haskins, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. “Nobody knows for sure because it’s never happened, at least fully.”
Haskins is an economist at the Brookings Institution, and he worked in Congress during the government shutdown in the 1990s.
He says members of Congress are playing with fire.
“They are playing with a nuclear weapon. It’s not prudent, it’s foolish and it would have huge consequences…they are definitely playing with fire,” he said.
The debt ceiling, should it be breached this Thursday, will likely result in a spike in interest rates on home loans, car loans, and student loans. Consumers may also feel a credit squeeze, and a hit to investments, including to 401K retirement plans.
Right now, the Treasury Department pays more than 100 million bills every month, but if lawmakers working at the Capitol do not agree to raise the debt limit in time, the Treasury will not be able to pay about one third of its bills.
“They need to get to the short-term in like an hour,” Haskins said.
But, Haskins advised, the short term is not the only real problem.
“Republicans refuse to increase taxes, and Democrats refuse to have cuts in entitlements,” he said. “So as long as that’s the case, we are not going to make progress.”
And it’s progress that is desperately needed inside a political world full of partisan bickering, short-term fixes, and hasty deals that consistently come in too close to the deadline.