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.
Reed Touts Local Ingenuity
Congressman invites Finger Lakes CC to DC to Show Off Manufacturing Program
Congressman Tom Reed says a Renaissance in American manufacturing will help put people back to work. And this week, he invited a representative from a nearby community college to discuss the success of one of their programs that helps do that.
Finger Lakes Community College is graduating its second class of students from the "Advanced Manufacturing Machinist Training Program." FLCC partnered with a company in Clifton Springs called G.W. Lisk. The students spend some time in the classroom, but they're mostly inside the factory - learning how to use the high-tech equipment.
Congressman Tom Reed invited Lynn Freid, FLCC's workforce development director, to testify before the House Manufacturing Caucus Thursday. Freid believes these kind of public-private partnerships are a growing trend: "I think education and industry understand that technology is changing at such a rate today that education - even though that's what we do the best - we have to be kept up on all the trends in industry and who quickly it's shifting and changing. And we do that best in these strong partnerships"she said.
Congressman Reed says even though there are about 12-million Americans unemployed right now, there are 3.6 million job openings. He thinks other institutions can learn from what's being done at FLCC and throughout the 23rd congressional district: "We're looking for solutions and we're very pragmatic in our outlook. And to see something like that that we're able to bring to the manufacturing caucus, to embrace the manufacturing opportunities that are out there - it's really about empowering the next generation."
The FLCC program has had a 100-percent success rate. 15 more students will be graduating soon - all of them with job offers.
For more information on F-L-C-C's Advanced Manufacturing Machinist Training Program, click here: http://www.flcc.edu/pdce/ammt.cfm