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.
Fight for Monterey Shock
ORANGE (WENY) -- It's been the "Home of Shock" since 1987 and the first boot camp style facility with therapeutic treatment aspects in New York. But now, Monterey Shock, the state's first shock facility is slated to close it's doors for good with no funding in sight in Governor Cuomo's newly signed budget.
In a press conference after signing the budget on April 1, Gov. Cuomo said the budget moves the state forward "people in Upstate New York, believing in their towns and believing in trajectory of Upstate New York."
But some local leaders and neighbors beg to differ.
"Unfortunately, we're Upstate and we don't get anything," said Ron Luedeman, a retired drill instructor at Monterey Shock.
Luedeman would have been a drill instructor at Shock for nine years. He says the program is different from anything he's experienced-- and he's worked at 6 other facilities.
"At Monterey, they came in one door out the other and in six months they looked like something. They acted like somebody. It was a really good feeling knowing you can turn someone's life like that," said Luedeman.
Despite their best efforts, including neighbors and leaders traveling out to Albany to rally for the 300-bed facility, the Governor is sticking to his plan to close Camp Monterey. State Senator Tom O'mara isn't calling it quits.
"We're looking at ways right now and working with the department of corrections on how we can expand the eligibility," said Sen. O'Mara.
He says Shock competes with the current drug treatment programs, which are sometimes seen as an easier way out for inmates. The state owned property is ready to be set as a a tax-free zone; one of the Governor's newest initiatives which aims to draw in new businesses.
"It's very isolated, it's the perfect facility for what it's been doing and I think the opportunities for realistic development are very slim," said Sen. O'mara.
Numerous county leaders relied on Shock inmate work crews to help with community projects, clean up, and repair. Now that it's getting warm out, they won't have those much needed crews, costing tax payers some money or they'll have to spread resources thinner.