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.
Common Core Resolution Vote
PAINTED POST---(WENY) Many local parents have expressed concern about the Common Core educational standards for New York students as set forth by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
However, despite staunch opposition to the Engage NY teaching modules, the Corning-Painted Post school board has voted to stay the course, at least until the end of the school year.
Corning-Painted Post School Board Members voted Friday on continue using the current teaching modules.
It was highly anticipated that the C-PP School District would make plans to move to away from the Engage NY curriculum, however, C-PP President, Dr. Dale Wexell says that dropping the common core modules all together was never on the table.
During the meeting, Dr. Wexell said, " At this point no one believes we can simply say stop using modules and do something else before the test."
Superintendent Mike Ginalski says they are still working out the kinks of the new teaching modules, but to change course six weeks before state exams is not the answer.
He says the decision to totally drop the modules is more complicated than it seems and that they need to be analyzed further, before that decision can be made.
Not everyone is against the new teaching methods, Elizabeth McIntosh's son has autism and says she's very happy with what Common Core has done for his progress and said " He seems to be doing much better with the common core, than he was with the previous curriculum in the C-PP School district."
But opposing parents say it goes deeper than just the curriculum, its about their right to choose which curriculum to follow to meet the standards of common core, rather than being forced to adhere to the Engage NY model.
Parent, Jodi Kohli says, "The standards are a mandate from the state, so we have to do those. But, we can use any curriculum we want to reach those standards and that's out concern locally- is that we've taken on a curriculum from the state as opposed to our own local curriculum which we believe should be a locally controlled issue."
Superintendent Mike Ginalski is confident in the decision to keep the Engage NY teaching modules. He says, "I think going forward, I think a year from now everyone's gonna be glad that we went through this, because I think we're gonna have a product that people can be proud of."
The Board will meet again on February 26, 2014 to outline how to move forward.