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.
Camp Good Days Reopens
BRANCHPORT (WENY) -- After being delayed for 6 weeks due to damage from flash flooding, Camp Good Days and Special Times in Branchport is back open.
The Childhood USA I Program kicked off today, filled with over 60 children who have a parent that has been diagnosed with cancer in the last three years.
"I didn't really think there was going to be a camp," said 12-year-old Torin O'Leary "It's better than it was before which it's going to be hard to top what it was before, but I think they could do it."
After coming back to Camp Good Days and Special Times, year after year, Torin O'Leary didn't know if he would be able to build memories he cherishes.
One cabin had to be completely demolished and is currently being reconstructed.
"It's fun to see it develop every year," said O'Leary. "You come back and think, 'Wow, what are they going to do next year?' How are they going to top that?'"
The camp was founded by Gary Mervis, in honor of his daughter Teddi, who lost her battle with cancer.
Mervis said he thought the camp would have to be canceled in its 35th year. He thinks programs like the Childhood USA I are what Camp Good Days is all about.
"They know the friends they made here can understand what they are going through because they themsleves are going through it," said Mervis.
The site suffered close to half a million dollars in damages, state aid is still pending.
But with help from the community, and volunteers like Matt Elkins, a thyroid cancer survivor, former camper and current counselor, the camp is finally back open.
"It's a huge relief because I was looking forward to Summer so much and I can't wait to start it this week and it should be pretty fun," said Elkins.
This program lasts a week. The camp has various week-long and weekend programs up until Labor Day Weekend.