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.
Flooding & Dock Damage on Keuka Lake
STEUBEN COUNTY (WENY) -- Rushing water and debris from Penn Yan has made its way into Keuka Lake, prompting a boating advisory.
Neighbors around the Finger Lake are starting to clean up after the lake level climbed nearly five inches. It's destroyed a number of docks and flooded basements.
Neighbors say they haven't seen water levels like this since the Flood of 1972.
Joyce Ryan has lived in the area for about 25 years. She says she hasn't seen anything like this since the flood of 1972.
"Boat lifts are going to be damaged, docks are damaged, property is damaged, homes are flooded," said Ryan.
Ryan's basement flooded about 3 inches.
Rising levels on Keuka Lake have plunged docks underwater leaving debris in it's wake.
"The lake just kept rising, Friday morning," explained Ryan. "When I got up, the lake was coming up an inch an hour. It was coming up so fast because all the tributaries were dumping."
Keuka Lake drains into Seneca Lake, but the outlet wasn't clear, so the gate was locked until late Friday.
Dave Kallenborn moved to the area after the flood of '72. He says this is the highest level he's seen the lake since April of 1993.
"If we send five inches of water to Seneca Lake, they might go up an inch, so they can take a lot of water," said Kallenborn. "We've got a lot of water going down there."
A boating advisory has been placed on the lake due to the debris and wake effect high speed boats can have on the surrounding area.
"The amount of wake that occurs from boating can displace a lot of the docks that are either at water level or under water right now, that's going to continue to displace those" said Steuben County Undersheriff Jim Allard. "And with all the damaged boat houses and docks from the ice last Winter that are still under repair, it also creates hazards with those."
Undersheriff Allard says the advisory will be lifted when it's a safe boating environment. They're waiting to see how much rain falls later on in the week and for the lake levels to go down.