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.
C-PP Modified Sports Fight
A group of parents have been feverishly raising money to keep full modified sports programs at both Corning-Painted Post middle schools.
August 2, 2012
Corning (WENY) - A group of parents have been feverishly raising money to keep full modified sports programs at both corning painted post middle schools. They needed to raise 44 thousand dollars by July 31, but they're still less than half-way there. Last night school district leaders gave the group an extension until December.
Chris Adusay-poku will be a freshman at west high next year, and feels playing modified in middle school prepared him well.
“There's a lot of pride because you get to wear the uniforms and get dressed up during school before sporting events so it's a lot of fun,” says Adusei-Poku.
Budget restraints led to a decision by school district leaders to combine the modified teams from the two middle schools into one. That translates into a loss of 260 roster spots in all sports. Now a group of parents, including Jodi Kohli, are trying to get them back.
“A lot of times we feel that we don't have control over the budget and the money and where it goes and this gives us the opportunity to help out.”
With a month to raise $44,000, Jodi and other parents sent letters to district parents asking for donations. They were only able to raise about half by Tuesday's deadline, but their effort paid off. The school board re-instated fall and winter modified sports and extended the deadline to raise the full amount until the end of the year.
“There are a lot of kids that really need to be part of something at that age and we though it was really important to keep opportunity open to them,” says Kohli
“There were some kids who may not have been doing so well in school when they got on the teams and they realized they had to do well to stay on the team. They really worked hard inside school and outside school and were able to stay on the team the entire time.”
Parents from the fundraising group are planning community events to help raise the rest of the money.