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.
Thousands of veterans to lose health insurance plan tonight
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As Obamacare and the nation's federal spending are debated on Capitol Hill ahead of the Monday midnight deadline, there is another deadline looming that is not related to either.
Thousands of veterans will be losing their current health care plan and will be forced to join a plan that could nearly double their out of pocket costs, according to Kathy Beasley, a retired navy captain who now works as the deputy director of government relations at the Military Officers Association of America.
"The department is looking to save money, and this is one among many programs that they've identified that they could recoup some dollars," Beasley said.
Beasley said approximately 175,000 veterans will be forced to switch from their current military TRICARE Prime health insurance plan, to TRICARE Standard, which she says will not only cost more, but will disrupt the "continuity of care" since some healthcare providers might not accept the new insurance.
Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) is helping Beasley advocate on behalf of the affected veterans by pushing the issue on Capitol Hill. He is working on legislation that would allow veterans who already have TRICARE Prime to keep it, by allowing them to be "grandfathered" into their current plan.
"We always talk about how brave they are and committed they are. One way elected officials can prove that we're worthy of that valor is to protect a benefit like this that is affordable and also delivers good health care," Casey said.
Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown is weighing in too. He said we owe it to our veterans to make sure they stay covered under the plan they were promised.
"The deal was you serve your country for that many years, you get decent health care and we need to live up to that obligation, pure and simple," Brown said.
While lawmakers work on a bill that would allow current TRICARE Prime members to keep their insurance plan, Beasley is closely monitoring the effort from her office in Old Town, VA.
"These people were promised to be able to have this option," Beasley said. "To disrupt that, essentially that promise that was made to them, is not the right thing to do."
Though lawmakers and lobbyists are pushing for this legislation to pass, none of them think it will happen before the October 1st deadline.