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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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.
New York Fracking Delay
The governor hits the reset button on the regulatory process for Hydro-fracking because of health concerns, and some feel that the all-important SGEIS could be next.
October 1, 2012
Southern Tier (WENY) - The governor hits the reset button on the regulatory process for Hydro-fracking because of health concerns, and some feel that the important SGEIS could be next. According to a spokeswoman for the New York State DEC, the high profile debate of whether to allow high volume hydraulic fracturing in the state may go on for another year. That DEC spokeswoman announced that the department wouldn't be able to finalize the proposed drilling regulations before the November deadline, meaning the year-long process starts all over again.
Some say it's a stalling tactic by Governor Andrew Cuomo, others say it's a necessary measure. Walter Hang from Toxics Targeting in Ithaca wrote a letter to state leaders, addressing the health concerns.
“So many concerns have been raised about the failure of the proposed regulations to safeguard public health,” says Hang.
Governor Cuomo announced last month that the DEC did a health study on the effects of Hydrofracking, and that health study is set to be reviewed by the Department of Health Commissioner. That review will put the DEC past the November deadline to accept the regulations for drilling, and reset the clock, forcing the department to conduct more public hearings.
“We're hoping that in addition to restarting the regulatory rule making proceeding he will send the SGEIS back to the drawing board because that has received heavy criticism,” says Hang.
The Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement, is tied to the state wide shale gas moratorium. If that passes then companies can get permits to drill in New York. But paralleling that is the fracking regulations that need to be accepted after public comment within a year.
Hang says, “I think he will have to allow renewed public comment on both the DEC proceedings and the bottom line for residents of the southern tier is that it could be a long time before shale gas fracking is permitted by DEC if ever.”
We will have to see what the State Health Commissioner says about the DEC's health study, but in November, the regulatory process is scheduled to restart.