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.
Previewing State of the Union Address
WASHINGTON, DC (WENY) -- President Obama is pushing for an economy that works for everyone.
That's expected to be the focus of the President's first State of the Union Address of his second term. The White House isn't giving specifics, but little by little, they're revealing the themes of President Obama's State of the Union Address.
"You will hear in the president's State of the Union an outline from him to create jobs and grow the middle class," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.
And according to Politico's White House Editor, Edward-Isaac Dovere, the president will do that by explaining the dangers of sequestration, when mandatory cuts to federal programs go into effect on March 1, putting jobs on the line.
"He'll talk about some of the job creation programs that he'd like to get forward, some of the bills he's talked about in the past that are frozen, and say it's time for action on these things," according to Dovere, who also says the president will also talk about gun violence.
Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and the brother of a teacher who was killed in the Newtown massacre will attend the speech.
"The question is - can he keep the energy there in the same way now that the shooting is fading further into the past," Dovere said.
As for the tone of the State of the Union…
"The president has always viewed the two speeches - the Inaugural Address and the State of the Union - as two acts in the same play," said Carney.
Dovere expects the president to be aggressive, but there's a danger of appearing too partisan.
"He does need Congress to go along with him in order to do this," Dovere said.
And those lawmakers from both sides of the aisle tell us they are looking for the president to lead.