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.
PA Considers Changes to Electoral College System
WASHINGTON, DC (WENY) -- A bill in the Pennsylvania State Senate could change the state's electoral vote system - possibly impacting the outcome of presidential elections. While the main battle is happening in Harrisburg, it's catching the attention of our lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
But Democratic Senator Casey says what's happening in the halls of the state capital in Harrisburg, could have national implications.
"I rarely comment on state legislation for obvious reasons - we have enough to do here," said Casey (D - Pennsylvania).
Pennsylvania State Senate Majority Leader, Republican Dominic Pileggi, has introduced a bill that would change the state's electoral vote system. Electoral votes would be distributed based on the outcome of the state's popular vote, rather than the current "winner-take-all" system.
Senator Casey says he has his concerns about that type of system.
"Principally, that it would undermine a system that's worked well in our state and across the country for a long, long time…. in a presidential race, Pennsylvania speaks with one voice," he explains.
Democrats are so angry with this proposal, they've enlisted the help of former Democratic Governor Ed Rendell to voice a robo-call that started going out this week to rouse public opposition.
"They're trying to change the rules to rig the game for the Republicans because they lost fair and square in 2012," Rendell states in the recording.
But ask Republican Congressman Glenn Thompson if the bill is an attempt at gerrymandering.
"I think it's gerrymandered right now - winner-take-all. Winner-take-all is pretty insulting to the whole principle of one person, one vote," said Rep. Thompson, (R - PA 5th).
Even though Pennsylvania has gone blue in every presidential election since 1992, the popular vote has been pretty close. In the last election, President Obama carried the state by just five-percentage points in the popular vote-- yet he got the state's full 20 electoral votes. Thompson says different parts of the state have different priorities.
"There are certain things all Pennsylvanians are committed to and have in common, but there are certain concerns we have. I think those differences actually support the changes that are at least being discussed in Harrisburg," said Thompson, "if they're going to advance it, I urge them to do it with a lot of transparency, hearings, scrutiny, and review."
The only other states right now that do *not* have a winner-take-all electoral vote system are Maine and Nebraska.