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.
Cuomo’s Inmate College Tuition Plan Gets Local Pushback
ELMIRA---(WENY) Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced his plans to give new york prison inmates a chance at a college education.
It's a move he says is a step in the right direction, but many state and local leaders aren't so sure, including Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli. He says, "I just think in these difficult times, it's money not well spent."
Governor Cuomo wants to spend roughly $5,000.00 a year, per inmate at 10 state prisons, for a college education.
Right now, the state spends about $60,000.00 a year in prison costs for each inmate, which comes to about $3.6 billion combined.
Governor Cuomo says his program will greatly reduce the rate at which inmates return to jail, which stands at 40%. It may sound like a great idea, but not everyone agrees.
Santulli says, "Just because you give somebody some education, doesn't mean that it changes their moral fiber, their character, or what they're all about."
This isn't the first time something like this has been done. Prison inmates had once been eligible for tuition assistance to attend state colleges until it was stopped by Governor George Pataki in 1995. Currently the State Department of Corrections has been partnered with colleges to offer privately funded degree programs since 2007.
However, many feel the tax-payer money that would go toward Governor Cuomo's program, could go towards battling bigger issues.
Santulli says,"We spend so much money, I believe getting people to change their behavior, when we spend not enough money on law enforcement keeping our streets safe"
Garrett Conover is a retired corrections officer who says, "The money would be better spent on the issues with safety we're facing in the facilities, not to close the facilities." Facilities like Monterey Shock Camp, a military-style boot camp aimed at helping inmates turn their lives around. But, despite an arduous fight to keep the Shock Camp open, it saw its last graduating class this January.
Conover says programs like Monterey Shock are what really help to reduce the recidivism rate.
Though the Governor's plan may be rooted in good intention, New York Tax payers are pushing back, so much that two state senators have posted online petitions opposing the program.
And, here locally, New York Senator Tom O'Mara is taking a poll for residents to weigh in on the issue. If you would like to participate in Sen. O'Mara's Poll, visit: http://www.nysenate.gov/press-release/do-you-support-governor-cuomos-plan-provide-college-education-state-prison-inmates-sha