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.
Government shutdown leads to farm bill complications
WASHINGTON, D.C. – While many in our nation's capital are worried about the effects of a prolonged government shutdown, there are farmers and food stamp beneficiaries who rely on the policies in the stalled farm bill - policies that expired the same time the shutdown began.
"We're really operating on fumes," said Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), chair of the Agriculture Committee.
Stabenow said not having a new farm bill means uncertainty for farmers trying to plan for the year ahead.
"We won't have new funding to partner on conservation," she said.
"We will not have disaster assistance we had in the bill for cherry growers and livestock producers."
However, Stabenow said it is not the end of the world just yet, but if there's still no bill in January, depression-era subsidies kick in, which she said costs "unnecessary money."
One of the biggest sticking points has been the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamps. The Senate's farm bill cuts $4 billion from the program.
However, the House of Representatives decided to remove food stamps entirely from their version of the bill, followed by a cut to funding by $40 billion.
Both the House and Senate versions would help reduce the deficit, but just how much depends on what both sides can negotiate during a conference committee.
"We just have to step up and get it done," Stabenow said. "There's just no excuse for it."