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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.
Harris Family Opens Tip Line For Answers
OWEGO---(WENY) It has been over a decade since the disappearance of Michele Harris, and now her family wants answers.
Cayla Harris and her three siblings, along with their father, a visibly emotional Calvin Harris, held a press conference at the Treadway Inn in Owego. They say it's time for the truth about what happened to their mother 13 years ago.
During the conference, Cayla Harris said, "We need to know what happened to our mother. We know our dad had nothing to do with her disappearance. We also know there are people out there with information that can help us get answers."
No trace of Michele Harris has been seen since she went missing the morning of September 12, 2001.
Her husband, Calvin Harris has already been convicted twice for her murder in 2007 and 2009. Both convictions were overturned, and Calvin Harris maintains his innocence saying, "I did not have any involvement in Michele's disappearance. I would never hurt the mother of my children, and I would never do anything to hurt them."
Now, facing a third trial, Harris has hired his own team of attorneys and private investigators, including Bruce Barket, former New York City homicide detective Jay Salpeter and former prosecutor Peter Smith, to solve this case once and for all. That's something Harris' aunt says the police failed to do.
Mary Harris says, "We relied on the police investigation, but it's become clear that there were a lot of leads and clues overlooked, that were neglected."
Investigators say they have already gotten several calls to the tip line, prior to Wednesday's press conference- with new information and leads to hopefully put this cold case to rest.
Defense Attorney Bruce Burket says, "We have focused in on a few individuals that we are interested in, in terms of what actually happened to Michele. And we're hoping the tip line will further that investigation."
Calvin Harris' new trial is set for September in Schoharie County. Barket says the motion was granted to keep the jury from becoming tainted due to the excessive media coverage the case has seen here in the Southern Tier.