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.
Man Jumps for His Life After Fire
HORNBY (WENY)---Fire tore through a Hornby house this morning, destroying everything in its path.
The man in the house jumped from the second story but fortunately, he's not injured.
The survivor, Thomas Green says, "It's good to be alive, I am just having a good time. It was a beautiful summer anyhow, until now. I mean, I just feel terrible."
Green says he feels lucky to be alive and walking today. He had to jump from the second story of the house that once stood here.
Fire officials tell us the three bedroom home at 4028 Pine Hill Road went up in flames just after 2 this morning. Green says the light from the blaze woke him up, prompting him to jump for his life and run barefoot for help.
He says, "I got out of the house, I couldn't even move, I am thinking oh my god, the house is on fire, the house I'm living in."
The fire took about 15 minutes to put out, but officials tell us they didn't reach the scene until about 25 minutes after the blaze began.
"A fire doubles in size every minute or two, especially with construction. So, if you aren't there in 5 or 10 minutes, it has a good start on you," said Corning Fire Lt. Scott Bump.
That start led to a quick finish. The house and everything in it is destroyed.
Thomas has been living in the the house for about a month. It belongs to his cousin, who is out of town, and now Thomas faces the daunting task of telling him about it.
"Everyone in his family had something in that house and now it's gone and I just feel terrible."
Firefighters are still trying to figure out the cause. Thomas says he burned some trash earlier in the night, he was smoking cigarettes, and he had lit some candles.