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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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.
Special Report: Derrick Robie’s Family Speaks Out - Part 2
SAVONA (WENY) -- The family of Derrick Robie of Savona want his murderer, Eric Smith, to remain behind bars for a long time to come.
"The number of years that keep going by you're thinking well, somebody may think that he's been in there long enough and they're gonna give him a chance," says Derrick's mother, Dori Robie.
That's the fear Dori, her husband Dale and son Dalton Robie have every two years, when Eric Smith comes up for parole. Smith is serving nine years to life for the brutal murder of Derrick on August 2nd, 1993. This week, he's eligible for parole for the fifth time.
"Our sentence is life. I think his needs to be longer, until he can not hurt anybody, not be a threat to society, whether that's 85 years old," says Derrick's father, Dale Robie.
The Robie's have been dealing with this for several years now, but say this year was different. It's hard celebrating holidays, birthdays and milestones when each passing one means it's closer to the time Derrick's killer comes up for parole again.
"A little tired, a little run down, and I think this year myself, we got a little angry. We've done it for so many years, let's help somebody else," Dale said.
Dale and Dori say they came up with the idea to push for legislation that would extend the amount of time between parole hearings for people convicted of heinous crimes.
"So I would like to see something done to give an opportunity to do more than every two years, for extreme cases such as ours," Dori explains.
"People spend more time in jail for... not so sensitive crimes," says Derrick's younger brother Dalton, who wasn't even two years old when Derrick was murdered.
The memories he has of their short time together are captured in these home videos the Robies share with the parole board, showing the young, vibrant life Smith took from them.
"People are trying to play it off like it's nothing, but if somebody was a rapist, child molester or something like that, they're scarred with that their entire life, and somebody, they move in next door they have to be registered, the whole community has to know about it. People are worried about that, but then they try to play this off like it's nothing, he was a kid, it doesn't matter. Well, I think it does matter," Dalton said.
Dale and Dori say they know, if a law is passed, it most likely wouldn't affect their situation - Smith would still be eligible for parole every other year. But perhaps it could ease the minds of other families who have loved ones taken from them too soon.
For now, they wait for the news if Eric Smith will remain behind bars for another two years... or if he'll become a free man.
"I just feel it's my job to do everything that I can to make sure that he doesn't," said Dori.