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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.
Romney Caught On Tape: Comments Spark Debate
WASHINGTON, DC (WENY) -- It’s the video sparking debate across the political world today – Mitt Romney – unplugged and unscripted.
Someone secretly filmed the Republican presidential nominee speaking at a private fundraiser last May. Mitt Romney believes what he says in the video was an answer to a question about how he could get a majority of voters to support him:
“There are 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. There are 47% who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe they’re entitled to health care, food, housing, you name it,” Romney said in the video.
On Monday, Romney tried to clarify what he meant by “the 47-percent.”
“These are people in his camp who vote for him almost no matter what. And I also have a large number of people who will vote for me almost no matter what, at least I hope so. And my campaign effort is to focus on the people in the middle,” said Romney.
The Obama campaign jumped the comments, saying of a Romney presidency, “It’s hard to serve as president for all Americans when you’ve disdainfully written off half the nation.”
“This man apparently feels that if you’re not part of his social class or you don’t have his economic status, that somehow you’re a parasite,” said former Ohio governor and Obama Campaign Co-Chair Ted Strickland.
Strickland also took issue with part of the video that has Romney saying “These are people who pay no income tax. 47-percent of Americans pay no income tax.”
“Many people don’t pay income taxes because they’re so poor they don’t make enough money to pay income taxes. But they payroll taxes, state taxes, excise taxes,” said Strickland.
Both sides maintain there are two very different paths for the country for voters to choose from in November.
“The president believes in what I’ve described as a government-centered society where government provides a larger and larger role, provides for more and more for the needs of individuals. And I happen to believe instead of a free-enterprise and free-individual society,” explained Romney.
In the same video, Romney joked he’d have a better shot at winning the election had his father been born of Mexican parents instead of American parents living in Mexico. Right now, polls show President Obama leading Romney among Latino voters.