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.
Horseheads School District Budget
Its budget season and area school district leaders are just starting to realize how bad the cuts could be this year.
Horseheads (WENY) - Its budget season and area school district leaders are just starting to realize how bad the cuts could be this year. Horseheads central school district board members met tonight for the first of three budget workshops. Horseheads Superintendent Ralph Marino says his district is facing an 8. 2 million dollar budget gap, and for the first time, the idea of closing facilities is on the chopping block.
Marino says that pension costs have gone up 35 percent in addition to rising health care costs. State aid is projected to only increase a little over one percent and the district doesn’t expect many retirements. All these factors add up to a $8.2 million budget gap. The board went over all their options tonight.
They include, offering retirement incentives or resignation incentives to teachers, using $4 million in reserves, and then increasing the tax levy by 6.5 percent. For the first time ever, the board talked about closing at least one school if that's what it takes.
“I have children in the system I have a daughter that graduated two years ago I have two boys who are in, this is very difficult to do. We'll get through it but its going to be very challenging and it's going to look very different,” says Marino.
Marino says the district has lost 121 positions over the past five years. Over the next few weeks the district fiance committee will look at all of the options and report back to the board at the next meeting on March 7th.