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.
Preventing Wrong-Way Crashes
The Department of Transportation is researching ways to prevent devastating wrong-way crashes on the road.
WASHINGTON D.C. (WENY) -- We have a follow-up to a story we first brought you last week about wrong-way crashes. We told you the National Transportation Safety Board is working on a report that would provide recommendations to prevent these kinds of crashes. Now, the U.S. Department of Transportation is doing their part too. They’re working with automakers to research and install vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication technology that experts say could prevent 80-perecent of crash scenarios.
“We think it can be a game-changer for safety,” said Ron Medford, depputy administrator of the National Highway and Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The NHTSA is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation, which is currently working with major automakers – including GM, Chrysler, and Ford – to develop V2V and V2I.
“This technology has the potential to allow vehicles to communicate with each other, to understand their current positions, and help avoid the crashes,” explained Medford.
Think of it as a sort of Wi-Fi signal between cars. Medford V2V could help alert the driver if there’s not enough room to pass another car.
“This technology would be used in addition to onboard sensing capabilities that many vehicles are already deploying like lane departure warning and forward collision warning,” he said.
Medford says, in the future, V2V could even automatically brake your car or steer it away. He says it’ll take another year to analyze all the research and the costs involved to implement V2V.
“We definitely think that it could be a benefit for consumers and not be that expensive,” said Medford.
We’ll be able to show you more about how V2V works later this month. There will be a demonstration at the Intelligent Transportation Systems conference in Maryland. Then, this summer, the DOT will launch a model deployment in Ann Arbor, Michigan where 2,800 cars equipped with V2V will communicate with each other and collect data for a whole year.