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.
Reaction to Sen. Portman’s Support for Gay Marriage
WASHINGTON, DC (WENY) -- Ohio Senator Rob Portman's gay marriage announcement mirrored President Obama's last year. Portman, like the president, initially resisted gay marriage on religious grounds. But he changed his position after finding out his son Will is gay.
"For me personally, this is something we should allow people to do to get married and have the joy and stability of a marriage that I've had for over 26 years. I want all 3 of my kids to have it including my son who is gay," Portman said during an interview with CNN.
Jimmy LaSalvia, executive director of the gay conservative group, GOProud, says he hopes Portman's announcement will send a message to other republicans.
"The political reality of this issue is very different than it was in 2004…It used to be that being against same-sex marriage was a political winner for Republicans, and now it's not. In fact, it's a loser. Just ask Mitt Romney," LaSavlia said.
So what about the perception in the halls of Congress?
"Sen. Portman is very well respected on the Hill. He's a solid conservative, and that's certainly not going to change," LaSalvia said.
But not everyone agrees with that. And some fellow conservatives are speaking out, including former GOP presidential candidate, Rick Santorum.
"The fundamental principles that attach to the institution of marriage really haven't changed as a result of that personal story. We need to look at what's right for the American public," Santorum said.
Portman says he favors a democratic process at the state level to recognize same-sex couples' ability to marry, He supported the Defense of Marriage Act, but now thinks part of the law should be repealed. Portman says same-sex couples who marry legally in states where it's allowed should get federal benefits .
The Supreme Court is set to hear a challenge to the defense of marriage act next week. President Obama calls the law unconstitutional. A new Washington Post/ABC news poll shows that 58 percent of Americans now believe it should be legal for gay couples to get married.