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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.
If you would like to learn more about local television and what can be done to help, please visit
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.
"Give America A Raise" Bus Tour Comes To The Southern Tier
CORNING (WENY) -- Roughly 46 million Americans are living below the poverty line.
Workers and volunteers with the "Give America A Raise" tour are reaching out to leaders across the country to make a difference
Activists across the nation want to make a change and put a little extra change in workers pockets.
The "Give America A Raise" bus tour stopped in the Southern Tier in front of Congressmen Reed's District Office in Corning.
"We just sent Congressman Reed over 500 signatures of people within the district who are saying to Congressman Reed change your mind," says Mary Clark, Southern Tier Regional Director of Citizen Action of New York. "It's tough out here, real poverty here in our community."
But not everyone is on board with the concept.
Congressman Reed says a major hike like this would cut half a million jobs in America.
In a statement he says "...that's not fair to workers and it's not progress in reducing unemployment".
Becca Forsyth, a mother of three who worked a minimum wage job for 13 years says she shouldn't have to choose between buying her children new shoes or paying the gas bill.
"They dont have anything. if you take hope away," says Forsyth. "And that's what you're doing when you're making these people come home with no money."
A University of California, Berekely study looked at counties on border states like the twin tiers.
Results showed employment rates would not be impacted at all *if* the minimum wage went up.
Supporters of wage hikes say pay increases would help many local families who desperately need it.
Georgia Verdier, President of the NAACP Elmira/Corning Branch says that something must be done.
"The time is now that we change this and make sure that people who are working full time are making enough money to support their families," says Verdier.