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.
Veterans push past barricades and the partisan divide
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Despite the government shutdown, Northwest Ohio World War II veterans walked past barricades and faced chilly weather to visit the memorial that was built in their honor.
Even though the park was supposed to be closed, park rangers were there to greet a bus load of 70 veterans as they walked into the memorial, reminding visitors they were allowed to exercise their First Amendment right to assemble peacefully.
“Welcome to your memorial. Thanks for your service,” a park ranger said to the dozens of veterans as they walked by.
“After all, it’s their day,” said David Chilson, a board member of the Northwest Ohio Honor Flight. “We’re honoring them, recognizing them. Thanking them for their service to the country. This is a day that they so richly deserve.”
A surprise honorary Silver Star Medal was presented to one veteran and it brought tears to the eyes of his family members.
Many veterans, bound to their wheelchairs, were wheeled around the memorial by their family members who accompanied them on the trip. They spent their time taking pictures and remembering the memory of their friends that were lost during the war.
“A lot of my friends didn’t live to make this. And I’m very happy to be here,” said Robert Benham, who said he served as an Army B-24 liberator bomber.
Despite the political volleying between Democrats and Republicans, Benham said he was keeping politics out of his trip.
“I have an opinion but no comment,” he said.
Though veterans might not be talking politics during the trip, local Ohio lawmakers are.
“In the [House of Representatives] we even passed legislation to make sure that our museums and parks, everything stay open and our memorials and we sent that to the Senate. But you know we have not had action on that yet,” said Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH).
There is no action inside the Capitol, but there has been action at the memorial since last week, when the first group of veterans forcibly pushed past the gates.
Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) said that their action is what kept the gates open.
“There are realities at work here. Luckily this particular site is pretty accessible,” she said.
This is the last Northwest Ohio honor flight of the season.