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.
Stricter Penalties for Bath Salts Sales
BUFFALO (WENY) -- More crackdowns on synthetic drugs in New York... new rules are targeting stores that sell bath salts. The new rules will make it harder for shops selling the dangerous substances to skirt the law, and sellers could face jail time.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced new regulations today, expanding the state list of prohibited drugs and chemicals, and outlining criminal penalties. The announcement comes two weeks after federal raids at dozens of shops in New York suspected of selling bath salts, including a shop here in Elmira. The shops are accused of selling packages of bath salts with false labels describing them as something else entirely.
Now, store owners and employees face criminal fines up to $500 and 15 days in jail.
The drugs' hallucinogenic effects have serious health consequences, and a lot of users turn violent.
"In some ways, it's more dangerous, and it's more insidious. Because this wasn't sold in a back alley, this wasn't sold on a street corner. This isn't sold in the shadows. This is sold in broad daylight, over the counter, in stores all across this state and all across this nation," explained Governor Cuomo at a press conference in Buffalo Tuesday afternoon.
A federal law enacted in July, bans more than two dozen chemical used to make bath salts, but manufacturers keep coming up with new formulas.