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.
Gun violence victims rally with Mayors Against Illegal Guns
WASHINGTON, D.C. (09/19/2013) - President Obama called it “another mass shooting.”
Monday’s massacre of twelve people at the Washington Navy Yard has once again sparked the debate over gun control.
A group of advocates seeking tougher laws for background checks rallied in our nation’s capital on Thursday.
They read the names of nine-thousand Americans killed by gun violence since the Sandy Hook school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.
Survivors of the Colorado movie theater shooting, relatives of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, mothers, fathers, and advocates were all present, and rallied to demand tougher background checks when buying a gun.
"Background checks won't stop every shooting, but they certainly will save lives," said Carlee Soto, the sister of Victoria Soto, who was killed in Newtown last December.
An organization called "No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence" organized the rally, and traveled by bus across the country to spread their message.
Finally, after 1,000 days and stops in 25 states, the "No More Names" bus tour came to an end Thursday. But the event was scheduled long before Monday's massacre at the Navy Yard.
"It again raised the national profile," Walling said.
Walling is a member of "Mayors Against Illegal Guns," and was asked to read some of the victims' names.
"I believe in the Second Amendment, I believe in gun rights, but I don't believe that convicted felons should be able to buy military-style weapons and come after our kids and cops," Walling said.
The background checks legislation Walling and supporters are pushing was shut down by the Senate in April, and has yet to reach the House floor.
This week, Democratic Senator Bob Casey (PA) said it would be difficult to pass such legislation in the near future, because of pressing fiscal issues like the budget and debt crisis.
"But it doesn't mean the debate shouldn't continue," Casey said.
And keeping the debate alive is exactly what this group is doing, with one advocate saying, "If Congress can't change gun laws, we're going to change Congress."