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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.
Painted Post Dissolving?
Neighbors in Painted Post want to look into dissolving the village into the town of Erwin, but transparency issues and a perceived lack of trust arise during the village meeting as obstacles.
October 9, 2012
Painted Post (WENY) - Neighbors in Painted Post want to look into dissolving the village into the town of Erwin, but transparency issues and a perceived lack of trust arise during the village meeting as obstacles. As we've been reporting, 400 neighbors in painted post signed a petition to dissolve the village into the town of Erwin. But one village trustee says the numbers that were presented on the petition were wrong. The petition has been accepted by the board, and they're looking into the petitioners concerns, but examination of the numbers led to some major differences in math. The petition said the village could save more than 40 percent on taxes, but that was with numbers from 2010. Calculations with the current figures means the dissolution would save residents around 8 percent, still a savings but not nearly as much.
The problems stem from the fact that village residents who petitioned for Painted Post to dissolve were using a Report from 2010. Rick Thorn, a village Trustee, took the most recent data and figured out what home owners would save, and the difference was staggering. The town would actually save only eight percent, not the 44 percent petitioners were claiming. That's about $86 per every $75,000.
“It's still savings,” says Thorn. “Don't get me wrong, but a petition is circulating advertising one thing and in reality it wasn't true.”
Phyllis Draper helped put together the petition, and the new numbers didn't surprise her.
“It's still a savings and I believe the savings in the long run by dissolution are going to be more because we have a stagnant property tax base here," says Draper. "We are not going to see a lot of improvement in the revenue coming in.”
Phyllis and other members of the audience were surprised at how much information wasn't being shared by the village board about this issue. During public comment, people kept bringing up the lack of transparency by the board. Phyllis and others just want the information so everyone can make an informed decision
“I'm just glad the village is sharing this with everyone else. We need a lot more information out there and there will be a lot more information forthcoming before the vote.”
Even though the numbers in the petition were wrong the board must acknowledge it and schedule a meeting to talk about the possibility of a referendum.