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.
New Details: Pharmacy Armed Robbery
Southport (WENY) -- People are shocked their Southport neighborhood drug store was robbed at gun point.
"It's horrifying," said customer Janet Usselman. "Scares you to death. Anyone could have been in there."
In complete daylight, a white male about 5'10 walked into Steed's Pharmacy with only his eyes showing through a cut-out hoodie.
He pulled out the gun and made his way behind the counter to steal what police describe as an unknown quantity of narcotics.
A few customers said they were inside the store just minutes before the robbery took place, and they were worried knowing that Matt, the owner, as well as two female employees were working at the time.
"I was just waiting for my meds," said Stefanie Goodwin. "I left there and then I called about quarter after, five minutes after one because she told me to call back within the hour, and then within the hour, the robbery happened."
The suspect ran out the rear of the store through a residential back yard. Owner Matt Steed confronted him and was then fired at, but wasn't hit.
"They're the nicest people," said Usselman about the pharmacy employees. "They're just everyday working hard people. This is a pharmacist who won't open on weekends so he can spend time with his family. It's awful."
The suspect was last seen leaving the area in a dark blue or black two-door sedan with New York license plates. Police are still investigating and searching for the suspect. The whole situation leaves neighbors uneasy.
"Knowing stuff like this happens down the street from my sister kind of scares me a little bit," said Danee Brewer.
"It's, it's scary," added Goodwin. "People out there, I mean to arm rob them for nothing more than pills, I don't get it."