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.
Neighbors Pull Out Victims In Corning House Explosion
Corning (WENY) -- A house exploded on Wilson Street in Corning Friday and literally shook the neighborhood. There was nothing left of the house except the foundation, and miraculously, two people were pulled out of the rubble alive by neighbors.
One of those neighbors is Dave Dann. He came home on lunch break today and ended up being a hero. He lives down the street from the explosion, and when he saw people running away shouting, "Call 911," he immediately ran to the scene, and joined forces with another neighbor.
"We were hollering, 'Is anybody in there? Is there anybody in there?' " said Dann. "Then we heard them hollering, 'Help! Help us!' Then we got them. There were three fires started, and we got them out. They were badly burned, but they were alive."
The neighbors found the two victims -- an elderly man in his 80s and his adult grandson-- trapped under tons of debris, screaming in pain.
"We moved a lot of the debris out of the way, and then I grabbed their arm and pulled them out," said Dann. By that time, the fire department showed up, and I handed them off."
The victims were able to walk out, but were severely burned on the face and arms and immediately flown to Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse.
The explosion was so powerful it not only wiped out the house completely, but it literally shook Corning.
"I was sitting in my living room, and bang, my house shook," said Charles Payne, who lives a few streets over. "I thought someone had slammed the door downstairs."
People working miles away also felt the explosion.
"I was sitting in a meeting with just one other person, and all of a sudden, there was a boom, and we felt the building shake," said John Wagner, who works at Corning Inc.
More than 100 police, fire and emergency responders were at the scene and said the explosion blew out neighboring windows and doors and even made one house uninhabitable.
"We have searched the neighborhood, searched every house to make sure there isn't any gas emergencies or any other serious damage," said Corning Fire Chief John Tighe. "There is serious damage to a couple of the neighbors' houses. One of them has been condemned already."
"I'm just glad they're alive," Dann said, reflecting on the day. "That's all that matters. That's all that matters."
Responders on scene today had to wait to dig around until they got the OK from the Public Service Commission. Fire officials say the earliest they may know of a cause could be tomorrow morning.