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.
$300 Thousand in Damage on Coon Hollow Rd.
TOWN OF ORANGE (WENY) -- Flash flooding about two weeks ago completely destroyed Coon Hollow road in the town of Beaver Dams and Orange.
The road has been closed for about two weeks after rain and water from Beaver Pond rushed in.
Schuyler County is estimating the damage at $300,000.The pond is on state property- however town leaders in Orange haven't gotten final word from the Department of Environmental Conservation about whether or not they'll be paying for the damage.
Blaine Gerow has lived on Coon Hollow Road for about 18 years.He says poor drainage is always a problem.
"The ditches along the road don't go to the water ways and the states responsible for the beaver pond," said Gerow.
That's perhaps the biggest sticking point. Town of Orange Highway Superintendent, Jeff Sutton says State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano was in town on Saturday assessing the damage.
"The only way the road is going to be back open is if the town goes in to debt and borrows the money to repair if I guess," said Sutton.
But in the meantime, neighbors have some major concerns.
"Fire trucks can't come through, ambulances can't come through, school buses can't come through," said Gerow. "So, I just want to see if fixed. Two weeks is long enough."
Just down the road from Gerow's home, frustrations are running high. Southern Tier Auto Recycling owner, Jim Clark says road closures are hindering business.
"It's a bit of a pain because our customers aren't informed until they get to the detour that they have to go another ten miles around," said Clark. "Next thing you know people are going to call another business knowing that it's a disaster here."
In the past, inmates from Monterey shock typically helped clear pipes and ditches. Now that the Shock Camp is closed, the town of Orange isn't getting that help.
Meantime, the Highway Superintendent says he's meting with State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano to further assess the damage.