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.
Sikorsky Employee Speaks Out; Pleads For His Job
BIG FLATS, NY (WENY) A Sikorsky employee is speaking out, pleading for his job.
Before the end of the year, almost 600 sikorsky employees will be without a job--just in time for the holidays. A Sikorsky employee tell us he's devastated, and doesn't know what he's going to do next. But the Chemung county executive says some employees are already finding new jobs. Tom Santull also worries about more layoffs at other area military suppliers.
Youth Cheng says he's devastated by this job loss. The military veteran moved to Horseheads from Connecticut a few years ago to work for Sikorsky.
"We do a great job, they do a great job," says Cheng. "We will do whatever the company wants," he adds.
But Santulli says the chance of employees like Cheng getting their jobs back is very slim. However, Santulli says he's hearing of some employees getting new jobs at area manufacturing places like CAF U.S.A.
"The government has made it really clear. We're getting out of Iraq, we're getting out of Afghanistan. There's going to be less military," says Santulli. "The government has less money. The government is going to be downsizing it's military operation. I think what happened at Sikorsky, I think you're going to see happen at Boeing, lockheed martin down the road," he adds.
As for the Sikorsky's facilities, Santulli and Senator Chuck Schumer want the company to move out of their facility quickly so it won't be vacant for a long time. Santulli and other county leaders will meet with Sikorsky executives soon to try and work out come a deal.