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.
Assault Rifle Deadline Looms
CHEMUNG COUNTY (WENY) -- It's been the same battle since the SAFE Act was enacted last year, but now the argument from many law-abiding citizens from Upstate New York is coming to the forefront. Many gun owners say they won't be registering their assault weapons by the April 15th deadline.
"I don't think a lot of them are [registering their assault weapons] because they think it's unconstitutional and a lot of us believe in the constitution and our second amendment," said Vincent Magaw, 1st Vice President of the Chemung County Rod and Gun Club.
People can register their assault weapons at State Police Barracks or online at: https://firearms.troopers.ny.gov/safeact/welcome.faces
"At the Sheriff's Office we try to educate people on what the SAFE act is all about," said Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss. "Obviously I can't tell people not to abide by it, but I can tell you the Sheriff's Office's priorities lie elsewhere as opposed to enforcing sections of the SAFE Act."
According to the Governor's website dedicated to the SAFE Act, people could face a misdemeanor charge and risk giving up their weapon if they don't register their assault weapon by the deadline. Anyone who unintentionally misses the deadline could be eligible for a 30 day grace period.
"It's a shame they're doing it to us law-abiding citizens, to threaten to take our rifles our shotguns away from us," said Magaw. "They say 'Oh, we're not going to take your shot guns,' but that's what happened in England, that's what happened in Australia, and they're looking to do it here."
WENY News spoke with local State Troopers to find out how many people have registered their assault weapons, but they said those numbers aren't available locally.