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.
Corning Mother Dies After Boating Accident
ELIMIRA (WENY) -- Mother's day will never be the same for the Bailey family after a weekend tragedy.
Authorities say 58-year-old Donna Bailey of Corning drowned after her kayak capsized, pinning her to a tree in the Chemung River in Big Flats.
Donna Bailey and her 32-year-old daughter, whose name police are not releasing, started off in the Chemung River by Botcher's Landing. They traveled east toward Minier's Fields.
"There was a large branch sticking out of the water as well as an overturned tree that was right there," said Chemung County Undersheriff William Schrom. "So, we believe what happened was that they struck the branch, which caused them to tip over in their kayak and it forced them into that downed tree."
The two women were pinned against the uprooted tree. The daughter was able to swim away and tried to help her mom. She wasn't able to. She made her way through some fields on Route 352 to a motorcyclist who called 911.
Seven fire agencies launched eight boats to search for Bailey
"The officers from the scene were able to take some pictures of the river itself. And the daughter who was transported to Arnot-Ogden was shown pictures," said Undersheriff Schrom. "She was able to identify the exact location where they had gone in."
The Undersheriff says search crews found Bailey within about 40 minutes of talking to her daughter, but it was too late. She was pronounced dead on scene.
Jim Piffer, Executive Director of the Friends of the Chemung River Watershed says a number of things could have played a role. He says River is still really cold and neither women were wearing a life vest. The law only requires people over the age of 12 to wear a life vest from November 1st to May 1st. Those under the age of 12 always have to wear it.
"Wear a life preserver, all the time! Don't put it in the bottom of the boat and say 'I'm gonna put it on when I get in trouble' that doesn't happen," said Pfiffer. "Know the river and if you don't know it have some one scout it ahead to see if there are any obstructions."
Jim Piffer stresses safety. His office is hosting paddle safety classes on May 24 and June 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Chemung County Sheriffs office will be hosting a free boater safety class from 8:30 am to 4:30 p.m. at the Southport Fire Department on Saturday May 17.