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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.
Sobering Stats on Wrong-Way Crashes
Wrong way crashes: They’re High speed – with high consequences. Terrifying – and usually head on. Nearly a quarter of wrong-way driving crashes end in a fatality, according to National Traffic Safety Board Chairwomanm Deborah Hersman, who says: “We want to try to prevent as many as possible.”
The NTSB released its first wrong-way driving report in 24 years. It looks at crashes in which drivers entered the highway through an *exit* ramp. Out of more than 15 hundred wrong-way crashes in a 5 year period, 936 wrong way drivers were driving drunk. 126 of the drivers involved who were going the "right" way were also drunk.
Most of these impaired drivers are first time but serious offenders with blood alcohol levels nearly double the legal limit, so the NTSB is calling on the auto industry to install “vehicles that can sense if you’re impaired by just putting your hands on the steering wheel, or through the air, they have sensors to determine through your breath whether or not you’re impaired. This would address this issue for everyone.”
For the drivers who get caught driving drunk the chairwoman wants all states to mandate ignition interlock devices.
The NTSB discovered factors other than just drunk driving: Older drivers are more likely to be involved in a wrong way crash, and nearly 8 in 10 crashes happened between the hours of 6 p-m and 6 a-m. Hersman says the NTSB is targeting ways to help older drivers and nighttime drivers. “Not just one wrong-way sign, but multiple wrong-way signs on a pole, they put them down lower, they have more of them, spaced at more frequent intervals.”
Last year, we told you how several car companies are installing technology that alerts drivers when another car is approaching. But that’s just one piece of the puzzle towards creating a better highway safety system.