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.
Lockheed Martin Celebrates Milestone
The Seahawk is known as the workhorse of Navy helicopters, used for training and missions around the world.
Lockheed Martin is set to make 300 of these helicopters for the navy and today, they reached their halfway mark.
Liutenant Commander Holly Hoxsie from Squadron 41 out of San Diego has the honor of flying this brand new, state-of-the-art navy helicopter to its new home on the west coast.
"This aircraft is the most technically advanced multimission helicopter in the world and its just a pleasure to fly it. I'm more capable of doing so much more with this aircraft [and] yes, I feel more protected in this aircraft for sure," said Hoxsie.
Hoxsie has over 1000 mission hours in the MH-60-R and says she's wanted to fly a brand new one back to her base for years.
"The censor suite that we have on this aircraft is really world class, so it allows the navy unprecedented capability to identify advasaries at sea for both anti submarine warfare and anti surface warfare," said Tom Kane the Program Director.
Congressman Tom Reed was there for the milestone.
He says he came to show the community he supports their hard work.
Reed says one of his top priorities in washington is to make sure the government doesn't gut defense funding as a March 1st deadline looms for a trillion dollars in spending cuts.
"I wanted to send a message by coming here today that we're gonna stand with Lockheed Martin. We're gonna stand with our local workforce and make sure that we continue to have the ability to continue to produce the types of quality machines you see right behind me," said Reed.
The helicopters are gaining international attention and have been purchased by Denmark and Australia.
The last MH-60 they will deliver to the navy is scheduled for 2018, and program director, Tom Kane, says he's optimistic about international sales beyond then.