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.
Leaders React to Sikorsky Layoffs
Big Flats (WENY) - Sikorsky executives relayed some devastating news to nearly 600 of its Southern Tier workers today. They'll be closing both facilities in Big Flats. County leaders say they were even planning to attend meetings that would add to Sikorsky's business locally. Both Southern Tier Economic Development president George Miner and County Executive Tom Santulli said they had no idea these closures were coming.
“I was absolutely shocked that they had made a decision and I think its happened very quickly I'm not even sure the local folks even knew prior to maybe last night.”
Santulli says he was driving down the highway when he was blind sided by a call from Congressman Reed's office with the news of the closures.
“There are local businesses that supply Sikorsky there are hotels there are restaurants there are retail stores it is all of the above when you take roughly 35 million dollars out of the economy its going to have a huge ripple effect.”
George Miner, President of Southern Tier Economic Development says the closures will have a ripple effect on other businesses in the region.
“We always talk about the multiply impact to create new manufacturing jobs in the area will this has the same impact. When we lose manufacturing jobs so there are going to be people that are going to lose their jobs in retail places and residential places," Miner said.
An official statement from Sikorsky cites "declining defense budgets" and global economic weakness as reasons for the plant closing.
The Southern Tier is losing a $35 million a year business, but county leaders are more concerned about the workers and their future.
“I feel so bad for all those people who have worked there for so long and have done a great job we are going to have to work as hard as we can to see what we can do,” says Santulli.
Sikorsky says it plans to provide transition support to its employees.