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.
Attack Ads Enter the Race for President
In the race for the White House, political ads are being released more and more frequently. WENY-TV Washington Correspondent Ted Fioraliso has reaction to a Romney ad that suggests President Obama is out of touch with what’s going on in the economy.
WASHINGTON (WENY) -- You know the race for the White House is heating up when both President Obama’s and Mitt Romney’s campaigns seem to release new political ads almost every week. Romney’s latest ad uses the president’s own words to try to convince voters the president is out of touch with what’s going on in the economy.
A montage of news anchors reporting on the May jobs numbers is how Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney begins his newest ad blitz. And then, there’s a soundbite from President Obama.
“The private sector is doing fine,” says Obama in Romney’s ad.
“I think this ad is very effective, because it’s going to amplify on the fact that the president made a mistake,” explained Brian Darling, a senior fellow of government studies at the conservative think-tank The Heritage Foundation.
Darling says a half-million private sector jobs have been lost since President Obama took office.
“It probably makes a lot of sense for Mitt Romney to put out ads now pointing out his vision for the future and the fact that he’s pointing out that there are problems in the economy right now that President Obama doesn’t seem to recognize,” said Darling.
The president later tried to clarify his statement by saying, quote, “It’s absolutely clear the economy is not doing fine.”
The Obama campaign’s chief strategist, David Axelrod, defended the president’s words.
"The first quarter of this year was the best in terms of private sector job creation was the best in six years. We've had a slowdown in the last three months largely because of global events. What the president has said is that we need to take some urgent action and he's called and Congress to do that. They've sat on their hands thus far,” said Axelrod.
It’s not the first time a political candidate has made a gaffe his opponent has tried to use against him. Remember this line from Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry in 2004?
“I actually did vote for the $87 billion before I voted against it,” said Kerry, about funding for the Iraq War.
And how about this one from GOP candidate John McCain in 2008 – at the height of the economic crisis?
“The fundamentals of our economy are strong,” said McCain.
And now this – welcome to Campaign 2012.
“President Obama and Mitt Romney are under a microscope. Every word they utter is going to be studied by the media, by blogs, by talk radio,” said Darling.
Moral of the story? Be careful what you say – because you could end up in your opponent’s next political ad.