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.
Akula Eliminated in Scripps Spelling Bee
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD (WENY) -- She made the Southern Tier proud by making it through four rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Unfortunately, 14-year-old Sruti Akula of Horseheads was eliminated during Thursday’s semi-finals.
Sruti misspelled the word “gimbaled” during Round 5 of the competition. It means “provided with or supported on contrivances that permit a body to recline freely in any direction, or suspend something so that it will remain level when its support is tipped.”
Sruti says she won’t ever forget how to spell it now. She also says she has no hard feelings.
“No matter the result, I studied a lot, and I learned a lot of words that I wouldn’t have learned if it wasn’t for this spelling bee,” said Sruti.
In Round 4, Sruti spelled “mephitis” correctly. It means “a noxious, pestilential, or foul exhalation from the earth.”
Sruti’s mom, Vani Akula, told WENY-TV’s Ted Fioraliso it’s been a journey for the whole family.
“And I think I’m a much better speller now than I was a couple years ago when I started coaching her,” Vani explained. “There’s nothing that you lose by spending a lot of time on spelling.”
“I’m very proud of her. And if there’s one thing I’d like to be, it’s her,” said Sruti’s brother, Abhishek.
When asked what’s been the best part, Sruti said, “I think the whole spelling bee is fun, meeting new people, you learn a lot of words in the process, and just being in the spelling be is fun.”
This was the last year Sruti was eligible to compete in the National Spelling Bee, but she says she’s going to continue to spell, and now she has more time to do things she likes like crafting.
Nine spellers will compete in the National Spelling Bee finals, which air live on ESPN Thursday night at 8:00.