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.
National Party Committees Watching PA Voter ID Case
WASHINGTON BUREAU (WENY) -- We could be just days away from a decision in the Pennsylvania voter ID lawsuit. People in the Northern Tier aren’t the only ones waiting to see what a commonwealth court judge will do. Both Republican and Democratic National Committees have been keeping close eye on this case. They’re not sitting back waiting for an outcome, however. Right now, the law requiring all voters to bring a valid photo ID to the polls stands, and they’re making sure their supporters are ready to vote on November 6th .
“Voter ID laws are common sense ways to make sure the person who says they’re voting is the person they are,” said Republican National Committee communications director Sean Spicer.
“They simply block people who have been voting for years and years from now, all of a sudden, not being able to access the ballot box,” said Democratic National Committee council and voter protection director Will Crossley.
Those are two very different points of view of voter ID laws from leaders within the national party committees. RNC’s Spicer says Republicans are not actively engaged in the voter ID debate, except in places where he says it’s under attack. Right now, that’s Pennsylvania, where the ACLU sued the commonwealth on behalf of ten plaintiffs who claim they would not be able to get a proper ID under the new law.
“I think every measure has been taken by the state of Pennsylvania to ensure that anyone who needs a photo ID is taken care of, and therefore prove who they are,” said Spicer.
DNC’s Crossley says the Democrats are taking a stronger stance against voter ID laws. He thinks voter identification rules that had been in place for years worked just fine.
“It’s not an issue of ID versus no-ID. I think that’s a false argument,” said Crossley. “It’s really an issue of requiring something new, in the run-up to the next election, where people don’t have access.”
Democrats say the Pennsylvania law disenfranchises elderly, minority, or poor voters who may not have a driver’s license. But the RNC says there’s no evidence to support that claim.
“Those are the same people who don’t have a problem with having a voter ID to qualify for government benefits, Medicare, Medicaid, welfare,” said Spicer.
Republicans say voter ID laws help prevent fraud. Democrats say there’s no evidence to support that.
“I would suggest to people who want to make that argument that they go back and look at what the people who passed the law are now saying about it. They’re conceding the law was not passed for purposes of voter fraud,” said Crossley.
One thing both sides can agree on – Pennsylvania voters should make sure they have the proper photo ID now. If you don’t have one on Election Day, you will be able to cast a provisional ballot, but you’ll need to produce your photo ID within six days to make sure your vote counts.
For more information on how to apply for a free Pennsylvania voter ID card, call 1-877-VOTESPA, or click here: http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/voter/voteridlaw.shtml
New York does not require a photo ID at the polls.