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.
Hornell Post Office to Host Fallen Marine’s Name on Exterior
HORNELL, NY (WENY) -- In a landmark decision, the United States Postal Service will allow the name of fallen Marine Lance Corporal Zachary Smith dsplayed outside the Hornell Post Office.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Tom Reed called Corporal Smith's family with the news. As the Smith family stood outside the post office Thursday afternoon, they were greeted with hugs and gifts from members of the community.
"It really hit hard when it happened, he really meant a lot to a lot of people, he was a really good guy," said Hornell resident Ali Yanni.
For the community it means a lot, it means a lot for everybody who knew Zach and for all the service members all the guys the guys in the service. I spent ten years myself in the service its about time they did something for these guys," said Bob Owens, of Burns, New York.
Lance Corporal Zachary Smith died in action January 4th 2010, while serving in Afghanistan. The community came together to get the Hornell Post Office named in his honor, but the only evidence was a small plaque on the inside. Yesterday, the postal service announced it will allow Zach's name on the outside of a post office. It's the news the Smith family was waiting for.
"He wont be for gotten and that's very important to us. He's more than a memory and that definitely memorializes him for years to come and that makes me very proud," said Zach's mother, Kim Smith.
Last Friday, July 6th, would have been the day Zach finished his service in the Marine Corps. To get this news almost a week later helps the family cope with the loss.
"It all starts wearing on you every little thing. Sometimes when you think about it, it's like every little thing that happens makes him a little deader, and this just helps a little bit.," explains Zach's father, Chris Smith.
And for his friends, every time they pass they Hornell post office they will remember the person Zach was.
"He was just a friend to everybody, nice to everybody didn't matter who you were where your from that's just how he was, he definitely deserves it... it was long long wait," said Zach's friend, Brittany Washburn.
The Hornell post office will be the first post office in the Untied states to have a name on the outside. Zach's parents say they are happy, but won't be satisfied until they see those letters up on the wall.