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.
US Senator: Don’t expect new gun laws anytime soon
WASHINGTON, D.C. - (09/17/2013) - Just one day after a dozen people were killed in the Washington Navy Yard shooting, some lawmakers are bringing gun legislation back into the conversation.
The last time lawmakers debated over gun control was in April, when the Senate failed to pass new background check legislation.
This morning, a moment of silence was held on the Senate floor to remember the twelve lives lost in yesterday’s mass shooting, which happened just blocks away from where the nation’s leaders work.
“It seems we can’t go through two or three months without a shooting that involves mass casualties,” said Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA).
Casey was against new gun laws until after the Sandy Hook shootings last December in Newtown, Connecticut. Now, he says the nation needs new background check laws, a ban on military-style assault weapons, and a limit on high-capacity magazine clips.
In a candid interview with Washington Bureau Chief Jacqueline Policastro, he said that he does not expect new legislation to pass anytime soon – not even within this year.
“It doesn’t mean the debate shouldn’t continue,” Casey said. “It doesn’t mean we can’t build up to the day when we can have an opportunity to legislate again.”
Casey says he thinks new gun control laws will finally pass through Congress after the 2014 and 2016 election cycles.
But Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, says the time for Congress to act is now.
“Let’s get this done, let’s get our background check system more functional,” Horwitz said. “This shooting is yet another wakeup call and it happened within a mile of Congress. Get the message, get something done.”
Horwitz points to the mounting public support for tougher gun laws, and he says lawmakers should take notice.
“Our movement is much more organized. We have the president, the vice president, mayors across the country. We have Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly. We’re making great progress,” he said.
However, gun control supporters still aren’t as loud as some gun rights advocates, including the National Rifle Association – who had a simple message on their homepage after yesterday’s shooting: “We grieve and pray for those who lost their lives and for those hurt at the Washington Navy Yard.”
“Banning guns and imposing background checks won’t stop these creeps, but armed good guys will,” said a spokesperson from Gun Owners of America, a gun rights organization.
But gun control advocates are not giving up their cause. They plan to rally and meet with lawmakers this Thursday.
Their goal: to put more pressure on members of Congress to support a second attempt at national background check legislation.