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.
Fixing Up Front St. in Owego
A community group raised enough money to fix a village eyesore.
June 7, 2012
Owego (WENY) - A fire in downtown Owego nearly 12 years ago left a scar on the city scape that villagers call a major eye sore. Now that eyesore is becoming a community park. Front street in Owego looked like something out of a movie, river front restaurants and shopping, but a fire left a gaping hole, and today its finally getting fixed. Sandy Layman owns The Cellar Restaurant, she says the sound of construction are music to her ears.
“Just to see that tragedy disappear from the fire in 2000 and the flood, and the whole flood we had, we're still rebuilding, we're just moving on we're not letting this get us down so i think it's a huge community boost.”
A fire in July of 2000 took out the building that stood in this spot leaving a huge hole to fill. After years of vacancy, Historic Owego Marketplace wanted to do something to change fix it. The gateway park committee Chair, Lisa Curatolo, says they had to raise a lot of money .
“We raised the money a little less conventional way then most, we went on Facebook.”
With the help of social media, the gateway community park committee raised enough to build a deck and a park; that's $43,000; in three days.
“This is the beginning stage this is what the community has done thus far and we're not done we're going to keep going and we're going to do that with the community,” says Lisa.
The Deck is expected to be ready by the end of next week. To date, the project has raised more than $60,000 on Facebook.