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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.
If you would like to learn more about local television and what can be done to help, please visit
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.
Was the shutdown worth it?
WASHINGTON, D.C. (10/17/2013) - After 16 days, the federal government is open and workers are back on the job, at the cost of $24 billion.
Enough lawmakers said yes in late night Senate and House votes Wednesday, but the fight over the Affordable Care Act is still alive on Capitol Hill.
“Look, we all know this is a very bad law, and brought out in a very bad way,” said Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA).
Kelly points out that Healthcare.gov stalled within minutes of its launch on October 1st, leaving millions of Americans without access to the site, unable to create accounts, or shop for plans.
Now, three weeks later, the Web site still has problems. According to Reuters, the contract to build the federal Web site tripled in cost to $292 million dollars.
The project is contributing to what many lawmakers are calling “out of control spending.”
“We’ve got to get a hold of this,” Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) said. “If we don’t, we’re going to be in a situation where our kids and grand kids will not have the opportunities we have had. Eventually we bankrupt the country.”
Republicans who voted against re-opening the government, such as Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) are sticking to their beliefs about repealing Obamacare.
“The fight is going to be from the American people saying we can’t afford this and this is not what was promised by this president,” Latta said.
Democrats see the fight a different way, standing firm on their backing of the president’s health care plan.
“I hope they don’t want to take insurance away from people who have preexisting conditions,” Sen. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) said. “I hope they don’t want to take away annual wellness checks and women’s health care benefits.”
Benefits that Republicans say they will continue to fight over. But Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI) has strong words for his Republican counterparts.
“This didn’t work. You failed,” he said.
There is a compromise for now, but Democrats and Republicans think differently about whether or not the shutdown was worth it, and whether or not Obamacare should stay.