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.
Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak
ELMIRA, NY (WENY) - Hand, foot and mouth disease is making a comeback this year and doctors in the southern tier are seeing an outbreak.
HFMD can be very uncomfortable for young children.
Causing sores and blisters all over the body.
It's a disease that's hard to avoid because it's contracted like a common cold. And can last up to a week.
"It was a lot worst than this," said Hope Nicholas as she showed her two year old son's skin. "It's actually starting to go away. After we saw these marks we started to give him baking soda bath."
Two year old George still has a few scars as he recovers from a virus that covered his entire body in blisters.
Hope and George Nicholas say their son's temperature reached up to 105 degrees all stemming from their oldest son coming home with the Enterovirus also known as hand foot and mouth disease.
Hitting all three of their kids, including ten-month-old Ayona.
"It goes from the feet and all over their body, in their mouth," said Nicholas. "We thought it might've been strep but we were told it was hand foot and mouth."
HFMD is a very common illness that affects young children.
Symptoms are a high fever, skin rashes and blister-like sores in the mouth.
Doctors say the summer season is whEN most outbreaks occur.
"It's spread mostly through contact, saliva, cough. So many people get this in the summer. You have to be reclusive not to get in contact with it," said Kenneth Sobel, M.D. of Southern Tier Pediatrics.
There is more than one strand of this virus, so doctors say, it's possible to get it twice in one season.
And parents are not immune, it's important to Continuously wash your hands and keep good hygiene.
"There's really no treatment for this. It's really just supporting with pain fever and fluids to get them through it," said Dr. Sobel.
Hand, foot, and mouth disease should not be confused with hoof-and-mouth disease, commonly seen in cattle, swine and sheep.