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.
G20: All Access - Upstate Shredding Pushes Leaders for Change
ST. PETERSBURG - World leaders meeting in St. Petersburg Russia to discuss global trade aren’t just getting the attention of economists and politicians.
Upstate Shredding in Owego has a big stake in the talks.
“Our whole goal is to keep expanding the company,” said Adam Weitsman, owner of Upstate Shredding.
It all started with Weitsman’s grandpa, Ben, then his father, Fred, at the Owego, New York scrap yard. What was once a small family business is now an empire.
“I think my grandpa would be amazed at the amount of scrap that goes through here,” said Weitsman.
A million tons of ferrous metal and about 200 million pounds of non-ferrous metal go through the business in just one year. It's the east coast's largest privately held scrap metal processor.
Upstate Shredding is now rebranded as a global company. Weitsman has 14 locations, employs 400 people, and just bought his own export facility in the Port of Albany.
“We will load deep water vessels – that’s about 31,000 tons of scrap in one ship,” explained Weitsman. “So we can go to Turkey, India, and the Far East."
With the expansion comes a new world view that includes paying close attention to what's happening at the G20 Summit.
“Free trade is really important, and I think the scrap market definitely exports a lot,” he said. “I don’t think people are looking into it as much as they should.”
When it comes to trading overseas, Weitsman says one shipload of metal is worth $16 million, and he tells WENY-HD News Washington Bureau Chief Jacqueline Policastro he needs the government to help maintain the legitimacy of companies overseas.
"You’re shipping to shaky credit homes, and I think that some of the overseas countries turn a blind eye when companies from the United States don’t get paid,” he said.
Of course, getting paid is what it's all about. Weitsman pays you for your trash and then turns it into part of his international, billion dollar business.
"It’s a dream to grow the company, and hopefully we can continue it as it goes forward. It looks good – the future looks pretty good,” he said.