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.
Avoca Man Hunt
The search for a man, who witnesses say is armed, goes on into the night. The search for 19 year old Tyler Davis began early this afternoon
October 2, 2012
Avoca (WENY) - The search for a man, who witnesses say is armed, goes on into the night. The search for 19 year old Tyler Davis began early this afternoon. A faculty member spotted the stolen car Davis was reportedly driving in a cemetery behind the Avoca Central School building. The superintendent ordered the schools locked down, keeping students and faculty for 2 hours past the normal dismissal time while police started their search. Parents were not told much, only a phone call letting them know the school was in lock down. After hours of searching the suspect is still on the loose. Parent Vicy Johnson was working while police cars were driving down the street.
“First we saw a lot of police flying through town. I work right in the middle of the village and a while after that we got the phone call from school about our children and it is a little alarming when they say they're under lock down.”
Vicky's son, Craig, is a 10th grader at the Avoca Central School. After police informed the District Superintendent followed emergency procedure and locked down the school, when police told him about a suspicious person in the area. Students couldn't use their cell phones to tell their parents what was going on.
“It's understandable but I would have liked to contact my mom to let her know what was going on or how long I might be.” says Craig.”But I understand it could be leads to the person run.”
The school Superintendent Richard Yochem says not having students calling parents gets a clear message out to the community.
“We've found that if we have a bunch of phone calls going out to parents that the message gets blurred and parents don't really know whats going on because kids don't know whats going on.”
What was really going on was a massive man hunt. A Faculty member reported seeing a car in the cemetery behind the school. Police determined it was a stolen car from Wayne County. The Suspect, Tyler Davis, grew up in the area and police say he knows the surrounding woods. They also said he could be armed with a stolen gun. State police helicopter circled the area near Route 7 and Route 105 just north of the Village of Avoca. The suspect's family was on scene working with search crews. The helicopter pilot gave up the search when it started to get dark. Investigators are using thermal imaging scopes as they continue the search into the night. Police say that the people in the area should lock their cars and doors tonight. If you see anything suspicious call 911 as soon as possible.