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DIRECTV: We’ve Lost 6 Local Channels In a Fee Fight

DIRECTV has lost six local channels in three markets due to a fee fight with their owner, Lilly Broadcasting.


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The channels have posted notices at their web sites saying they are attempting to seek a new agreement with DIRECTV. The two companies are fighting over how much DIRECTV should pay to carry the channels.

The channels affected in the dispute are: WSEE-TV (CBS affiliate in Erie, Pennsylvania); WICU-TV (NBC affiliate in Erie); WENY (CBS, ABC affiliates in Elmira, New York); and KMAU-TV (ABC and MeTV channels in Honolulu, Hawaii.).


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DIRECTV has posted a statement at its web site, DIRECTVPromise.com, saying all the channels have been removed from their lineup. By law, a TV provider can not carry a channel without its permission.

“We want to get (the Lilly Broadcasting channel) back into your lineup as soon as possible. Doing so requires permission from its owner…since FCC rules grant (the channel) exclusive control over whether that station remains available on DIRECTV. We share your frustration because (Lilly) is deliberately preventing (the station) from reaching your home,” DIRECTV states.

Oddly, the Lilly Broadcasting web notice has not been updated for more than a week and continues to say the channels could be removed from DIRECTV, not that they have been removed.

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“SJL Broadcasting PA and Lilly Broadcasting of PA, parent companies of (the stations) are continuing efforts to renew carriage agreements with DirecTV, if we cannot come to a resolution it could result in (the channels) potentially not being carried by DIRECTV,” the Lilly statement reads. “We have prepared this page to help you continue to watch your local stations…if DIRECTV stops providing them in the service package you subscribed to.”

However, viewers of WSEE and other Lilly-owned channels have posted notices that their signals have been removed from DIRECTV. Here’s one screen-capture from a viewer of WSEE in Erie:

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13 Comments on DIRECTV: We’ve Lost 6 Local Channels In a Fee Fight

  1. The only time I need locals is on Sunday during NFL season. NFL.com can fix that for us.

  2. Time for Lily to start negotiate with Directtv. As you have such a lousy signal. I live near the lake near waldamere Park. I have an indoor antenna and it will not pick up Wsee channel 35 because you have such a weak and lousy signal! If this continues us Directv viewers will be at your door with protest signs! Thanks for letting me miss the NCAA Final. Your news is a joke!!

  3. Karen Gibson // April 4, 2017 at 2:38 pm // Reply

    Lilly, why make us suffer? We don’t care for your greed. Enough is enough. Perhaps your ad companies on your stations should boycott you. Perhaps you would like that as much as us consumers like your stupid stunts! Sometimes TV is all us on fixed incomes have before we die. Have a heart and stop being greedy people. You will answer to God Almighty someday too!
    I am a cancer survivor and I do not appreciate your actions!

    • wow you think a small company like lilly broadcasting should buckle to directtv I don’t know about you but I pay ALOT to them the least they could do is pay a fair price for my local channels check whos making all the $$$ if we keep putting the small companies out of business we wont have a say In anything!!!

  4. Considering that most people with a high quality antenna can receive their channels for free I think Lilly (and other local network stations) should be paying DirecTV to carry their signal since that gives the local channels a broader audience which allows them to charge more for advertising when they quote the number of households that are able to view their programming.

  5. Kristi Peters // April 5, 2017 at 5:29 pm // Reply

    I was mad when I missed the first two games of the final four. I was irate when I missed the finals. Now I am ready to say “screw you” to my local station and receive all my network tv through online means. One or two days, maybe. Five days, I have had enough. I’m done

  6. Shirley tostanoski // April 8, 2017 at 8:11 am // Reply

    This is getting really stupid why dont you guys care about the people that cant get cable and lousy air wave reception

  7. Shirley tostanoski // April 8, 2017 at 8:13 am // Reply

    Resolve issues please

  8. The FCC should step in and remove all CBS affiliation blackouts. Lilly and DT are both at fault and in breach if contract.

  9. How about all the advertisers that pay KITV and Lilly to advertise their products both local and mainland, which cannot be seen by all the DIRECTV users in Hawaii. Do your advertiser know they are wasting their money to advertise on your network?

    The longer this goes on. the less times I will search or look up channel 4, KITV.

  10. Please alter my bill for this month to reduce charges since I have been without full service for over a week. Both your company and my local station claims this is a fee concern. Just do what you greedy companies always do…. pass the increase on to your customers….time warner is looking pretty good. I could even get service in a rain storm. 😊 thank you!!

  11. Edward sullivan // October 8, 2017 at 8:03 pm // Reply

    I’m not DirecTV customer but I am a dish customer our local channels have been black out also seem Lilly been greedy little sob customer both on DirecTV and dish have lost their local service cause Lilly greed which are over air free channels maybe Lilly sould sit back and think they are affecting tons of customers who pay them but they don’t care cause their greed

  12. Jerry chapman // November 18, 2017 at 7:08 pm // Reply

    Well time to cancel all pay for tv. Go back and buy tv antenna and watch free tv. Will rent movies on the weekends. Thanks direct for no good channels

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