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.
Arnot Health Partners With Medical College
Elmira (WENY) -- Today Arnot Health executives announced a new partnership with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, making the medical center a teaching hospital to bring more doctors to the area.
Thirty students have already started working in the system -- which includes three hospitals and more than a 170 providers. Arnot's CEO, Anthony Cooper, said the partnership is designed to make the local health care system stronger, enhance patient experience and head off the doctor shortage.
Cooper said one of the main reasons there's a shortage in doctors is because baby boomers are getting older. But the young people -- meaning medical students -- may help solve the problem.
"We can pretty clearly see where this will be a turning point in our history," said Cooper.
Arnot Health made a landmark decision in partnering with Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, or LECOM, to become the newest teaching site for med students, residents and fellows from the nation's largest medical college.
"They seem to have a tendency to prefer primary care, which is what we think is going to be the key to providing medical care in the future," said Cooper. "There is a shortage of primary care physicians in the country."
The medical center's plan is to recruit, teach and retain these future physicians to help ease the shortage of doctors in the area and keep young people in upstate New York.
"Being able to provide services for, well, the people that we grew up around, it's important to do," said third year medical student Sarah Turner.
"Students like to be involved, and obviously, if they can come to this regional institution and do their core rotations, live in the community and work with the teaching physicians, it's a great experience for them as well as the hospital and their patients," said LECOM President John Ferretti.
Cooper did address the fact that some patients may not want to be part of the teaching program, and he said it's their right to choose.