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.
Inmate Garden Program Initiated
BATH (WENY) -- Kris Koerner is growing fresh produce to eat, but he's not doing it in the comfort of his own home. He's part of the Inmate Garden Program at the Steuben County Jail started by Sheriff David Cole.
The program gives inmates the opportunity to grow crops right outside of the jail, surrounded by a fence and with supervision.
Sheriff David Cole says it's all part of a plan to help inmates for life after being behind bars. He says the program will help them with being able to provide food for themselves and build self-esteem.
Koerner says a typical day in jail is, "slow." He says "to be out and be occupied makes it go by much faster."
The 52-year-old inmate from Bath says substance abuse landed him in jail. He says this new program is changing his perspective.
"I wouldn't do this drunk. I think anybody, like say for instance, someone came in and didn't have any skills from working. This would teach them a skill," says Koerner.
Sheriff Cole says the county spends $15,000 a month on medications to help inmates dealing with things like depression. He thinks this program can help cut down on those costs.
"I'm not a doctor, but I'm hoping that one of my programs will have some impacts on one of the inmates," says Sheriff Cole.
Right now there are three beds set up with crops like tomatoes, cucumbers, potatoes. By the end of next Summer Sheriff Cole says he'd like to have 100 beds set up with lots of different vegetables.
The vegetables the inmates grow will be used to make food inside the facility. It's also a way to cut costs.
"All of the raised beds, the soil, and all the crops are paid for by inmate funds. It doesn't cost the county a nickel," says Sheriff Cole.
So far, about 20 different inmates participate with the program. They also do community service for non-profits who need help with labor