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 1-800-894-9131.
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 1-800-894-9131.
Family Earns New "Habitat" Home for the Holidays
December 16, 2016
CORNING (WENY) -- Home for the holidays: This is now a reality for one local family in Steuben County.
Habitat for Humanity of Steuben County hosted a home dedication ceremony for the DeBucci family Friday evening.
"Well, we were actually 3rd on the list and then we got a phone call that we were first on the list so we kind of had to move the ball a little bit quickly, of course it was like, how are we going to do this, but like - okay let's do it!" says Kasandra DiBucci.
Kasandra and her husband DJ have a special connection to their home as they helped work alongside volunteers to get to this point.
"We had about 1600 volunteer hours on this house, alone, and the DeBucci's have to put in 250 hours of sweat equity as well," says Lisa Caracci, Executive Director of Steuben County Habitat for Humanity.
"My wife and I did insulation down in the crawl space and some painting, actually a lot of painting," DJ DiBucci says with a laugh.
Having the chance to move in to their new home nearly a week before Christmas is something all parties say is a gift in-and-of-itself.
"It definitely makes it extra special and this is our second year in a row where we were able to dedicate right before Christmas and it just adds an extra spirit to the entire event, so. And we even made sure to decorate the home with a tree to kind of bring it all together," Caracci says.
"It's just a major blessing, you know? I mean words can't describe it and there's not enough words to be able to say thank you to everybody and it's just a huge blessing that we're very thankful for," Kasandra DiBucci exclaims.
During the dedication ceremony the family was given a Habitat for Humanity bible, American flag, and cleaning products to help get them settled in.
A big congratulations to the entire DiBucci family!