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.
What’s Next for the Farm Bill?
WASHINGTON, DC (WENY) -- It was touted as bipartisan legislation that would help cut the deficit. But a new Farm Bill never made it out of Congress before the last session ended.
But just moments after being sworn in for a third term, Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow - chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee - said she's making it a priority.
"Right now, it's getting a Farm Bill passed in the entire Congress this year," said Sen. Stabenow.
A new Farm Bill, which sets the country's food and agriculture policy for the next five years, passed out of the Senate Ag Committee in April. In June, the full Senate passed it with bipartisan support. And a month later, the House Ag Committee passed its own version. But it never made it to the full House floor before the old law expired at the end of September.
"The Senate did our work -- $24 billion in savings, something that was good for farmers - but the House never took it up," Stabenow said.
Emily Goff from the conservative think-tank, The Heritage Foundation, says House leaders were also worried new subsidies would cost more than the old ones they'd be replacing and that food stamps weren't cut enough.
"There were concerns that the bill still spent too much - one trillion dollars over ten years," Goff said.
When it was clear House leaders weren't going to bring the new Farm Bill to a vote before the end of the year, lawmakers instead passed an extension of the old law through September 30th of this year.
That does some good things - like prevent milk prices from spiking. But it also continues programs like direct payments, which both Senate and House bills attempted to eliminate.
Goff says she sees a silver lining in this debate.
"Lawmakers have a tremendous opportunity right now. They have the rest of the fiscal year to really craft meaningful reforms," she said.
Senator Stabenow calls the extension of the old Farm Bill "responsible." But she also says farmers need a full five-year law to plan for the future. Since there's a new Congress, both House and Senate Ag Committees have to start from scratch and draft new bills.