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.
Holocaust Survivor Graduates High School
Lansing (WENY) -- Seventy seven years -- that's how long it took Fred Voss to graduate from high school. After surviving six years in Nazi Germany as a teenager, Voss escaped to the United States. In America, he started a new life and later began speaking to students about taking a stand against prejudice.
"He speaks against hatred and in favor of tolerance and diversity and shares his personal history of the holocaust with students so that history has a face," said June Martin, a teacher at Lansing High School.
When Lansing High offered the honorary degree to Voss, he didn't think he was deserving. "Finally, I said OK," said Voss. "I accepted provided I can speak about the 1.5 million Jewish children who were killed by the Nazis and never had a chance to go to school."
His family knew they couldn't miss this special moment. His wife, daughter, son-in-law and three of his grandchildren stayed by his side to witness a rare event in watching their father and grandfather receive a high school diploma.
"It's just an incredible day for us to be here with him as he achieves something that, it's like a life goal for him, something he's always wanted," said Voss' grandson, Ari Lewenstein.
While Voss will no longer be giving lectures at the school, Principal Eric Hartz says he's left some big shoes to fill. "These are gaps and holes that I'm not sure how we're going to fill," said Hartz. "But with four great college,s and now five with Wells, hopefully we'll find somebody to come in and fill that hole."