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.
Republican Senator Comes Out in Support of Gay Marriage
WASHINGTON, DC (WENY) -- A major policy shift from a man once in the running to be Mitt Romney’s running mate. Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio announced today he now supports same-sex marriage.
He’s the first Senate Republican to do so publicly. In an op-ed in Friday morning’s Columbus Dispatch, Senator Rob Portman says he’s had a change of heart when it comes to the issue of same-sex marriage.
In the piece, Portman says his 21-year-old son, Will, told him he was gay two years ago. Portman says he wrestled to reconcile his Christian faith and his desire for his son to have the same opportunities to pursue happiness as his brother and sister. He says, quote, “Ultimately, it came down to the Bible’s overarching themes of love and compassion and my belief that we are all children of God.”
Portman had opposed same-sex marriage as a congressman and then a senator. He says well-intentioned people can disagree on the issue, and he still believes religious institutions should not have to recognize marriages they don’t approve of.
In an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, Portman says he told Mitt Romney about his son when he was in the running to be Romney’s running mate, but Portman doesn’t think it was a deal-breaker. Bash also asked Portman if his son *asked* him to change his position, and here’s what he said.
“Not initially. And, in fact, I wasn't thinking about policy or positions, I was just thinking about him as my son, and someone who I love very much. I'm very proud of him. So that was not an initial discussion, but over time, yeah, we started talking about that more, and he was helpful as you can imagine at giving me some of his perspective on it and information about it, he's a very bright kid," Portman said.
Ohio’s other senator, Democrat Sherrod Brown, who’s been a long-time supporter of gay marriage said, quote, “I'm glad Sen. Portman has joined the growing majority of Americans who support full civil rights for our gay and lesbian family, friends, and neighbors…I look forward to working with him to ensure that all Americans have the ability to marry regardless of whom they love or where they live."
Portman joins a growing list of Republicans who support same-sex marriage – including former First Lady Laura Bush, Dick Cheney, and Colin Powell. Besides Portman, there are only two other Republicans in Congress who publicly support gay marriage, according the gay conservative group, “Go Proud.”