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.
Southern Tier Reacts To Romney’s Pick
Southern Tier (WENY) -- People in the Southern Tier have a lot to say about Romney's pick, and reactions are pretty mixed.
"When I heard his speech, it scared the daylights out of me," said Joe Kountzman, who's vacationing from California. "I thought it would be a kiss of death for the Republican party."
Some people believe Mitt Romney took a big chance by choosing Representative Paul Ryan as his running mate. WENY-TV political analyst Dr. Jim Twombly says it's a shift away from the center.
"It is something of a game changer," said Twombly. "Not quite as radical as the Sarah Palin pick of four years ago by John McCain, but in that league a little bit because it's playing to the right wing base of the Republican party."
Voters have mixed feelings.
"I thought he made a very wise choice," said Florida resident Sherry Robinson. "I think that we have a man who has moral values, a good conservative background, he has strong economic policies behind him. We need to get this country back on track."
"I am embarrassed to say I am a Republican when the Republican party thinks it's more important to vote no on issues than it is to do what's best for all of us citizens," said Sally Kersting of Painted Post.
The move has generated a lot of opinions, but the future is still uncertain.
"Whether or not it's going to do enough to energize the base to overcome the deficit that Romney was beginning to get in the polls is yet to be seen," said Twombly.