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.
Future of Horseheads School Resource Officer
HORSEHEADS -- [WENY] Village leaders can no longer foot the bill for the School Resource Officer, but are confident another agency will step in. The village of Horseheads has extended current SRO officer, Scott McGrain's contract until December 31st, 2013.
The SRO position started many years ago and was funded by federal grants. Horseheads Village Manager Walter Herbst says that money dried up about four years ago.
The Village and school district decided to split the $88,000 dollar cost until now, when money is a little bit tighter.
"I know there's a lot of concern about ending the program," says Village Manager Walter Herbst. "That's not going to happen. What is going to happen is that there is just going to be a change in the color of the uniform. We believe that it will be the Sheriff's Office that will come in in January and the school district is working with them to make that arrangement."
Chemung County Sheriff, Christopher Moss, says he has had preliminary discussions with Superintendent Ralph Marino about costs. He says he's open to providing a deputy to the district, but the district would have to foot the $61,000 dollar bill.
Scott McGrain has been in his position for 8 years. People in the area don't want to see him go, saying he's built a rapport with students and school employees. They've started a petition online, which is now up to 185 signatures.
The Chemung County Sheriff's Office also has a deputies serving as SRO'S at BOCES and the Elmira City School District.