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.
Man Admitted To Mount Sinai Hospital With Ebola-Like Symptoms
August 5, 2014
NEW YORK CITY (WENY) -- WENY news first told you about the unidentified man admitted to Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City with a high fever and a stomach illness last night in our 11 PM Broadcast.
New York health officials say the man came to the hospital early Monday morning with these symptoms, and that he had also recently visited West Africa.
This morning, however, health officials say they are still not 100% sure if the patient actually has the Ebola virus.
Even though mount sinai doctors say "odds are" the man does not have Ebola, this morning he is in isolation and undergoing many screenings.
David Reich, MD, the President and CEO of Mount Sinai Hospital says "We're very confident in that our work with the federal, state and local authorities will lead to a prompt evaluation of this patient and that we'll be
able to hopefully find that there is a more common cause of fever and other symptoms that the patient has. But, using an abundance of caution, we're going
to work closely with the CDC to make certain that this patient does not have the Ebola virus disease."
Mount Sinai was following precautionary recommendations sent out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week.
The death toll of the Ebola outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone climbed to 887, according to the World Health Organization. 1,603 people have been infected in all.