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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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.
Fighting Rural Fires
Battling a fire is tough enough but sometimes the hardest part for firefighters is just getting to the scene of an emergency. Fire crews say they did their best to rush to a massive fire Friday night that completely destroyed a home in Horseheads.
October 15, 2012
Horseheads (WENY) - Battling a fire is tough enough but sometimes the hardest part for firefighters is just getting to the scene of an emergency. Fire crews say they did their best to rush to a massive fire Friday night that completely destroyed a home in Horseheads. Homes in rural towns and villages like here in the Twin Tiers can be more than 15 minutes away from the nearest fire station. Distance can cause serious issues for firefighters when speed is of the utmost importance for battling a blaze. Town and country fire Chief Ben Colewell told me that in 31 years, he's only seen two houses go up as fast as the house on Veteran Hill Road on Friday. Usually, his crew can get to a scene quickly and take out any sized fire.
“Usually we're on the road within two to three minutes from the time of the call, on the road with a full crew and then it's just road time after that,” says Chief Colwell.
The fire on Veteran Hill Road on Friday night broke out a little more than seven miles away from the Town and Country firehouse located in the heart of the village. Fire trucks got there as fast as possible, and still weren't able to save the house.
“There were seven or eight different response teams and I thought they were perfect,” says Neighbor Joseph Rickard. “I mean its going to take time to get here but it was pretty quick.”
For firefighters responding to a fire in a rural area, the most important thing is water... And bringing a lot of it.
“The city and the villages have water systems you get past a couple miles out of the town and villages and you have no water. Everybody is running on tankers,” says Chief Colwell.
Town and Country's tanker is one of the two of the largest in Chemung County it holds 3,000 gallons. Within a minute and a half of reaching a fire, firemen can pump out water at 200 gallons a minute, but even those speeds couldn't help slow the flames on Friday. Chief Colwell believes the fire was a perfect storm of circumstances. He says the fire was burning longer than an hour before anyone noticed. The construction of the more than century old house accelerated the flames.
“It went from thinking we had a room and contents to crazy in a matter of a seconds,” says Colwell.
No matter how old the house is, the chief has the same advice for everyone.
“Get out of the house make sure you have working smoke detectors make sure you keep your chimneys clean if your burning wood but if something happens just get out of the house.”
The family living in the house that burned down Friday escaped before it went up in flames, and is staying with family. As for the cause, Colewell says we may never know, because the flames caused so much damage all the evidence was destroyed. However, he does not suspect any foul play was involved.