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.
Swine Flu Comeback?
Southern Tier (WENY) -- Swine flu is making a comeback in the U.S., with a recent outbreak concentrated in the Midwest. It's county fair season, which means a lot of people around a lot of pigs, and people in the Southern Tier are taking precautions.
"I go in there, and I pet them, I kiss them, but I wash my hands after," said 12-year-old Michelle Parsels, who owns a pig.
Dozens of kids were at the Steuben County Fair today preparing to show their pigs in a swine show. They weren't just petting the pigs -- they were bathing them and lounging around together. The swine flu didn't really cross their minds or worry their parents.
"I always give my pigs a bath, but I make sure to wash my hands after," said Ben Houghtaling, who also owns a pig.
"I've never had issues with it or anything, so I always just make sure I carry hand sanitizer," said Autumn Buck, a parent. "When we're done messing, we just wash our hands with it."
The swine flu is transmitted by touch so the health department set up wash stations as well as hand sanitizers throughout the barn for people to wash their hands after touching the animals.
Eighty-nine pigs were entered in the annual show, and every one of them had to be cleared -- twice -- by vets.
"They all have to be examined by an accredited veterinarian and have a health certificate before they come to the fair," said Karen Hargave, swine superintendent at the fairgrounds. "When they arrive here there is a state veterinarian on the grounds and examines each animal before they're unloaded into the barn."
If there are any health issues, the animal is denied entry, and vets on site check the pigs several times a day.
The Chemung County Health Department has no reports of swine flu in the county, and the CDC shows none in New York, but three cases in Pennsylvania last year.