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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.
If you would like to learn more about local television and what can be done to help, please visit
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: Weight Restriction for Bridges
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania officials on Thursday announced new weight restrictions on about 1,000 state and local bridges to enhance public safety and extend the life of the spans, citing uncertainty over transportation funding proposals that remain bottlenecked in the Legislature.
The decision by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation will affect 530 state-owned bridges and about 470 locally owned bridges that are classified as structurally deficient.
"We're trying to extend the life of these bridges. ... They are not unsafe," Secretary Barry J. Schoch said at a news conference in the warehouse-sized PennDOT sign shop on the outskirts of Harrisburg, where workers were removing stencils from freshly painted road signs.
Pennsylvania has nearly 4,500 structurally deficient bridges, more than any other state, out of a total of 25,000 state-owned bridges. It also has 6,000 locally owned bridges.
About half of the 1,000 bridges subject to new restrictions already are posted with weight restrictions and half are not, officials said.
The reduced weight limits are generally expected to be between 10 and 20 percent of the bridges' current capacity, although some could face larger reductions because the amount of traffic they carry and other factors, officials said.
For an unposted bridge, which can handle a 40-ton tractor-trailer, a 10 percent reduction would translate into a weight limit of 36 tons.
School-bus operators, emergency services providers and other local officials were being notified Thursday about rerouting that the bridge limits may require.
PennDOT's announcement came less than two months after bills to increase taxes and fees to finance improvements to highway, bridge and mass transit infrastructure stalled in the Legislature.
Both major proposals rely heavily on increasing the state oil company franchise tax by phasing out a cap on the amount of the wholesale price that is subject to the tax. A plan backed by Gov. Tom Corbett would raise $1.8 billion by 2018, while a plan approved by the state Senate would generate $2.5 billion.
The weight limits will begin to be posted next week, a process that will take four to five months, and remain in place for some time even if lawmakers approve new funding in the fall session that starts in late September, Schoch said.
An infusion of new money "will make sure this problem doesn't get worse," he said. "But we're not going to stop this. This is a new policy that's reflective ... of the needs of the system, something we simply need to do."
Lists and maps of the affected bridges are posted on the PennDOT website — http://www.dot.state.pa.us/ — and can be accessed by clicking on "Bridge Information."