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.
Colo. Shooting Spurs Gun Control Debate
SOUTHERN TIER (WENY) -- Friday's devastating Colorado shooting has many people asking if stricter gun control laws are needed in the United States.
24-year-old James Holmes is accused of using an AR-15 assault rifle, shotgun and pistol to kill 12 people and injure nearly 60 more in a packed movie theater at the Batman 'The Dark Knight Rises' midnight movie premiere.
Many gun-control advocates are calling on lawmakers and President Obama to restrict some weapon and ammunition purchases. But gun supporters say this shooting is no excuse to take away people's Second Amendment right.
WENY-TV's Political Analyst, and Elmira College's Associate Professor of Political Science, Dr. Jim Twombly, says it's unlikely the majority of Democrats or Republicans will try to tighten gun rules because of the elections later on this year. He also says the influence of the National Rifle Association will stifle many gun-control arguments, because of the financial support it provides to many campaigns.
"You do have a small window of opportunity when tragedies like this occur...the Gabrielle Giffords shooting...Columbine...Virginia Tech, all of those provide an opportunity for the conversation," says Dr. Twombly. "But if the conversation doesn't take place quick enough, and action doesn't happen soon enough, other issues overwhelm the story."
Twombly says other topics like the economy will slowly rise to the surface as the main talking points for candidates as the weeks wear on. So far both President Obama and presumed-Repubican candidate Mitt Romney have steered clear of their gun control positions.
Reports show that since Friday, the interest in gun ownership is soaring. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation has approved background checks for nearly 2,900 people seeking to purchase a firearm over the last three days. That's 25 percent more than average.