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.
Colorado Shooting Victim Speaks
Victims are still in shock over last Friday’s shooting in Aurora Colorado and one victim still recovering from gunshot wounds.
July 23, 2012
Twin Tiers (WENY) - Victims are still in shock over last Friday’s shooting in Aurora Colorado and one victim still recovering from gunshot wounds. One of those victims is the 2012 Syracuse valedictorian was shot in the neck. Stephen Barton graduated Syracuse three months ago. He and a friend were a month and a half into a cross country bicycle ride, when they decided to see the new Batman movie in Aurora Colorado, never imagining how that night would end. It could be months before Stephen can finish his cross country ride, and when he does, he'll start from the parking lot of the century theater.
“The thing that will stick out in my mind the most is the flashing of the gun in the corner of the theater,” says Barton.
That image is something most of us can only imagine, but the fear; that's something Syracuse graduate Stephen Barton will never forget.
“I was wondering if I was about to die and immediately after that the thought crossed my mind that now is not the time to die its way to soon.”
For the past two months Stephen and a high school friend have been biking cross country. They decided to stop in Aurora where they bought tickets to the midnight showing of the “Dark Knight Rises”.
“The atmosphere in the movie was a lot of fun people were cheering when the previews came on there was a lot of enthusiasm everyone was excited to see the movie.”
Stephen says he then saw smoke fly across the room, and thought it was a prank.
“The firing started at the front of the theater and even then I just saw the flash of the gun and I thought it was still fireworks.”
He was shot in the neck and shoulder. One bullet missed his Corotid artery by millimeters. Now, he has a new appreciation for life.
“It's amazing to get support from my family but also strangers that have reached out. Its been really touching and I’ve been humbled and flattered by the whole experience.”
Stephen's injuries are not life threatening but he has lost some movement in his left arm. He says he wants to finish the bike trip to raise money for other victims and their families.