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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.
If you would like to learn more about local television and what can be done to help, please visit
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.
Man Rescued After Being Trapped in Gravel Pit
SHESHEQUIN TOWNSHIP (WENY)---It was a close-call this morning at the Eastern Industries Northern Division Sheshequin Sand and Gravel Plant when an employee got trapped in a gravel pit.
It happened just after 6:30 this morning, to a 52-year-old employee who company officials refuse to identify... trapped in a trench, in gravel up to his chin... barely able to breathe. Officials say the man was trying to free a stuck gravel bin clogged when the ground gave loose and sucked him down in.
Ulster-Sheshequin Fire Chief, Steve Bixby says, "He was approximately five feet underground, his feet were supported by the hopper conveyer system underneath. That was one of the good things that saved him."
Rescue workers lowered oxygen and air into the hole. It took 50 - 60 people to rescue the employee from the hole and two hours later he was rescued but fire officials tell us, it was a close call.
Dixpy said, "It was a tedious operation, any wrong move could have caused the gravel to collapse."
A helicopter was called to the scene, but the man went to the hospital in an ambulance. We're told he suffered minor injuries.
Officials say this is the first incident of its kind at the Eastern Industries plant.
We reached out to Donald Benjamin, the Superintendent of the facility but he has not returned our calls. The facility is closed for the rest of the day.