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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.
Job Training Grant to SUNY Schools
Corning (WENY) -- Corning Community College is one of 30 SUNY schools getting part of a $14.6 million job training grant. Senator Chuck Schumer says the Department of Labor is providing the grant to create and improve job training programs upstate. Schumer says there are 50,000 skilled labor jobs waiting for qualified workers in New York. At least 100 businesses will work with community colleges to help match workers with jobs in nanotechnology, biosciences and advanced manufacturing. With the million dollars, Corning Community College will train 300 unemployed people over the next three years for jobs in those fields.
"Our workforce partners right here in the central Southern Tier need welders," said Dr. Katherine Douglas, CCC's president. "That's what we're in the business of doing right here -- Corning Community College is providing workforce development for our area, so we're delighted with these funds that can help us do that."
Douglas added, "The students who come to us will be working with a new curriculum, new faculty, new equipment, new technology that the grant will underwrite, and they will go directly under the alignment of the curriculum that the manufacturing association says is the appropriate one."
CCC will work with small and midsized advanced manufacturing companies in the area like Hilliyard and Hardinge, where executives say there's a shortage of skilled machinists.
"It is a good sign that we can continue to try to work with the college to try and generate some prospective graduates in technology areas that would be related to manufacturing in one way or another," said Doug Tifft, senior vice president of administration for Hardinge, Inc.
"Three hundred folks for the next three years who are unemployed will be given the skills, the competencies to have good paying jobs -- jobs that really support a career and a family," said Douglas.
Douglas expects CCC to get the grant money in the next few months and hopes to start up the training program early next year.