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.
Supreme Court to Rule on Health Care Law
On Thursday, all eyes will be on the nation’s highest court for a decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. Here’s what could happen: the Supreme Court could uphold the entire Affordable Care Act, they could toss the whole thing out, or rule parts of it unconstitutional.
“I think you’re very likely to see a divided court,” said Robert Alt, the Director of Rule of Law Programs at the conservative think-tank The Heritage Foundation.
Alt believes if part of the law is thrown out, it will be the individual mandate, which would require almost all Americans to purchase health insurance or pay a fine. Alt, and other analysts, look at the oral arguments to predict how they think the court will rule.
“The questions seemed to be generally a bit more hostile to the mandate, and we’ll see if that ultimately holds up when the Court makes its decision,” explained Alt.
The court isn’t deciding whether the health care law is good police. Instead, they’ll be answering four questions.
-Can Congress force Americans to buy health insurance?
-Can parts of the health care law be severed from the whole thing?
-Does the health care law's expansion of the Medicaid program unfairly force the states to participate?
-And, the procedural issue -- can the Supreme Court even rule on this case?
Whatever decision the court makes will set a precedent that lower courts will follow and the Supreme Court will use in future cases.
“If the Court were to uphold the mandate, what’s the next move by Congress? Are they going to use this authority? What impact is this going to have on the limitations on Congress and the federal government?” said Alt.
No matter what the court decides, all the experts we talked to say the issue of health care reform will be debated again by Congress and become a huge campaign issue in the presidential race.
We’ll know what the Supreme Court decides by 11:00 a.m. Thursday.