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.
Firefighter Sent to Hospital in Morning Fire
August 21, 2014
HORSEHEADS (WENY) - An early morning fire sent the mobile home owner and one firefighter to the hospital.
Fire crews first heard reports of a structure fire at Maplehurst Park in the Town of Horseheads a little before 3:00A.M. Thursday morning. When they arrived there was flames coming out of the bedroom window of the mobile home. Firefighters were fighting to extinguish the flames. They also put water on the two surrounding mobile homes to ensure the fire didn't spread.
WENY News spoke with Town and Country Fire Chief Don Fischer, he told us there was a man inside the mobile home at the time the fire broke out. The fire alarm did go off and the man was able to crawl out.
One of his neighbors told WENY News that the man was pounding on their door, yelling to call 9-1-1. They told WENY News Reporter Kellie Meyer that the man was elderly, around 78 years old and was ill. They said he was lucky to be alive.
Chief Fischer told us the man was taken to the hospital for respiratory problems. He also said one of their own, one of the firefighters was taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion.
Just how the fire started is still under investigation. But the Chief did tell WENY News that it may have been a candle that started the blaze. The fire was confined to the bedroom, but there was heat and smoke throughout the mobile home.
Stay with WENY News for more on this developing story.