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.
Congress Ends FAA Furloughs
WASHINGTON, DC (WENY) -- Nearly two months into sequestration, and the public is finally starting to feel the impact of the cuts. This week, delays were reported at airports across the country. But now, there should be some relief on the way.
The House voted 361-41 today to end furloughs for about 15,000 FAA air traffic controllers and prevent 150 control towers from closing. The bill passed in the Senate yesterday.
Democratic Senator Bob Casey of Pennsylvania says our nation's airports are a lifeline, especially for small communities. Casey says if delays were to continue, they would have had a negative impact on commerce and the economy. He says this bill is a step in the right direction.
"Nothing about sequestration is good. And we have to, not only in this context, but in other contexts as well, begin the process of a bipartisan agreement to reverse it and to come up with an agreement that doesn't have the arbitrary and indiscriminate impact that sequestration does," said Sen. Casey.
Republicans, meanwhile, say President Obama has the power to direct the Federal Aviation Administration to ease the impact of the furloughs -- and that he's putting politics over passengers.
"The worst part is this could have all been prevented. And it should have been prevented, and it would have been prevented if we would have all worked together to replace the sequester. But, now, we need to look forward to solve this problem and it's time for these delays to end," said Republican Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington.
So there's still a divide over sequestration as a whole, but for now, a bipartisan show of support for avoid airport delays. This bill now goes to President Obama for his signature.
The vote also restores funding for 149 air traffic control towers slated to close, including the tower at Ithaca-Tompkins Regional Airport.