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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.
If you would like to learn more about local television and what can be done to help, please visit
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.
Family Gets Answers
BATH (WENY) -- Family and loved ones are learning more about the death of a Southern Tier woman.
A hiker found the body of Bobbi Jo Hatter this weekend, who had been missing since March 19th. The female hiker noticed a window pane missing in a hunting stand in Bath and went in out of curiosity.
She found Hatter and called 911. Investigators determined the leading cause of death to be hypothermia. Those close to Hatter say she'd recently started using bath Salts.
"She tried this drug," said Hatter's dad, William Margeson. "We can point fingers at a million people, but let's start pointing them at the ones that are doing this and giving them to our children ,"
Bobbi Jo Hatter's death marks the seventh in the last two years related to drug usage in Steuben County.
"These substances are different than anything we've dealt with before. Even when you're not on things like bath salts, they continue to do things. They change your brain chemistry," said Steuben County District Attorney Brooks Baker.
Toxicology results are still pending, but Bobbi Jo's dad, Willliam Margeson says she hadn't been the same the last six months, He says she was seeing things.
"This drug is a killer and we have no idea who's child could be next," said Margeson.
Three months ago Bobbie Jo's sister Billie Jo, was trying to convince Bobbi Jo to move with her further upstate for a fresh outlook and better life.
"I wish I tied her up and put her in my van and took her home," regrets Billie Jo.
Hatter lost her young son years ago. He died in a car accident. Her other son is incarcerated. Family members say she recently lost her home as well.
"There are hurting people in the world. People need to be loved and validated and I want her remembered as a beautiful wonderful woman," said Aunt, Linda Vanskiver.
Drug usage is a growing concern in Steuben County. The Sheriff's Office is working with the District Attorney's office and has created a tipline to help stop usage. It's (607) 844-DRUGTIP. They are also going to make a website where people can leave anonymous tips.
"The more information we have on drug use and drug sales the better we are to combat that," said Steuben County Undersheriff Jim Allard.
Hatter's family realizes the growing issue and is working with law enforcement to stop usage. They've set funeral arrangements at the Acly-Stover Funeral Home in Corning. Calling Hours & Visitation are April 3 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The funeral will be Friday at 1:00 p.m. Hatter will be laid to rest following the ceremony at Nondaga Cemetery in Bath