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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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.
45 Guns Remain from Scott’s Guns Burglary
HORSEHEADS (WENY) -- 49 guns were stolen from Scott's Guns on Watkins Road in Horseheads on October 16, 2013. Nine months later, three suspects are behind bars and charged locally. Federal charges are still pending and many of the guns are still out on the streets.
"Guns, the proliferation of stolen fire arms is a very significant crime in Chemung County and New York State," said Weeden Wetmore, Chemung County District Attorney.
After about nine months 22-year-old Douglas Church of Elmira is accused of breaking in to the Gun Shop and filling up backpacks with those guns.
He allegedly passed them to 26-year-old Zachary Smith, also of Elmira, who was outside, on the lookout.
Not soon after, the store alarm went off, and the two men darted into a swamp behind the store, avoiding police. They picked up the guns the next day.
Owner, Scott Bailey, is out of town, but spoke with WENY news on the phone. He says since October they've reinforced doors and windows, bought smashproof cases, and a better camera system. Bailey says they're also moving locations soon.
Police say one of the guns stolen from Scott's guns was found at the scene of an attempted murder in Elmira on June 1st. Three more were found out of the area and 45 of them are still out there.
"I know there are a lot of guns that hopefully will be found and taken off the streets, but hopefully the punishment is severe for all involved," said Bailey.
Authorities say the guns were kept at Zachary Smith and his 18-year-old girlfriend, Brianna Lowe's House.
In a statement to investigators, Church says he sold all of his guns to random people within a week and half.
Smith told a confidential source that he went to New York City on a bus with a backpack full of those stolen guns- cashing out with about $10,000.
"Some of these are very high powered firearms with lots of high capacity magazines with many bullets," said Scott Heagney, Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives. "We're looking at a lot of potential crime that could be caused with these guns."
Smith and Church are charged with third degree burglary and third-degree grand larceny.
Lowe was charged with third-degree criminal possession of stolen property.
Jail records indicate, Smith and Church remain behind bars at Livingston County Jail. According to United States Attorney William Hochul, Smith and Church are being held without bail.
Hochel said Smith, Church, and Lowe face federal charges of conspiracy to deal a firearms without a license and possession of stolen firearms.
Investigators are offering a $10,000 reward for any recovered guns or information that leads to more arrests. Call your local police department or 911 with any information.