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.
Bill Expands Heroin Antidote Access
CORNING (WENY) -- A new bill passed by the New York legislature has some local pharmacists concerned. It could put naloxone, a drug that reverses heroin overdoses, in the hands of addicts and caretakers immediately.
The law currently only allows doctors to prescribe naloxone to a specific person and gives first responders like officers and EMT's permission to carry the kits.
The new bill would allow health care professionals and pharmacies to give naloxone out, without a prescription, to at-risk people and thos who know them.
The bill passed both houses unanimously. Advocates say this will give access to those in need when they need it. However, opponents say frequent users may see naloxone as a safety net now.
"I think it's a double edged sword," said Pharmacy Technician Melissa Hogue. "It will be good in the fact that there will be a treatment readily available through other medical professionals to treat the rising issue. But at the same time, it's kind of an open invitation for an easy get away."
She explained people might abuse it knowing that naloxone would be easily available and may just go back at it again.
Governor Cuomo still has to sign the bill into law.
In a statement he said “We will be reviewing this legislation, as well as other ways to combat heroin addiction in New York. There is no doubt that this is a critically important issue that needs to be addressed.”
Local pharmacists hope he will address safety. They think there could be more break-ins for the kits and also put first responders at risk as well.