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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.
Lawmakers Push for Farm Bill Passage
“I’m very proud of this Farm Bill. I think it goes a long ways,” said Northern Tier Rep. Glenn Thompson, who sits on the House Agriculture Committee. The bill he’s pushing eliminates three programs Thompson says influenced dairy pricing, and it replaces them with a risk management tool called margin insurance.
“I think that will help stabilize milk prices, and it’ll be good for our dairy farmers,” explained Thompson.
The House Bill also cuts spending by $35 billion. Almost half of that are cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as food stamps.
“We eliminated some of the areas of abuse and misuse,” said Thompson. “Anyone who’s truly in need of food stamps will get it.”
“Nobody should be getting help who’s ripping off the system. But when somebody loses their job because the plant closes, and they pay taxes all their lives, and now they need some temporary help to put food on the table, I think that’s when the food program should be there,” explained Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, who chairs the Senate Ag Committee.
The Senate’s bill, which passed in June, cuts spending by $23 billion, eliminates direct payments to farmers for crops they’re not growing, and strengthens crop insurance.
“There are some differences that are significant. But we can work those out in a final negotiation in a conference committee,” explained Stabenow.
But before that happens, the full House needs to act.
“It’s absolutely critical that the House moves forward,” she said.
Thompson hopes the House will vote on its version of the Farm Bill in the next few weeks before Congress leaves for August recess. Then, both sides could work on final passage in September, as the current Farm Bill is set to expire on September 30.