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 to Home Explosion Move
Alive, grateful and on the move. The people next door to the Corning house that blew up need to find a new home.
August 6, 2012
Corning (WENY) - Alive, grateful and on the move. The people next door to the Corning house that blew up need to find a new home. Their house is condemned but their spirits are high. the two men who were inside the house that exploded on Friday are still in the hospital, both men are in guarded condition. The owners of the home right next door to 48 Wilson street want to re-build, but it's going to take a while, so they're trying to figure out their next move. Jill And Paul Merdus say they're only taking things with sentimental value, everything else can be replaced. The can't believe how much the neighborhood has come out with support.
“Anything you can imagine its been amazing to really see what everybody would do for you in this type of a situation,” says Jill.
Paul Merdus says the house is condemned.
“I mean the whole backside is falling off. The firefighters tried to sure it up to try to preserve all that we could but we've been given limits in certain parts of the house that we're not even allowed to walk in because as you walk into it it literally just goes forward you can tell its going to go.”
Paul says the only way they can move on is to rebuild from the ground up.
“Obviously we would love to rebuild especially because the neighborhood has been so amazing not only the neighborhood but the community. “It makes us want to be here. This is home we know the people around us love us and who wants to go somewhere else if you got people that will put up with us.”
Paul and Jill are living with their 4 kids in Elmira for now. They said they plan to rent a house until they can build a new home from the ground up on the same land in Corning..