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 Saddened by Monterey Shock Closure
ORANGE (WENY) -- Since 1987 thousands of young men have been given the opportunity to change the direction of their lives through Monterey Shock. 23-year-old Clinton Tiger or Warwick is one of them.
He landed in the state system after a third degree burglary charge. Today, he graduated after six long months of military style boot camp. He says Monterey changed his life.
It's the first shock correction facility in the state. Today the last platoon graduated. The facility is set to close this Summer due to a lack of funding and need.
Lisa West was the secretary at Shock for eight years. She now works at the Elmira facility. She's sad to see Monterey Shock close.
"It's just a total different atmosphere here than anywhere else that I've ever worked. And like I said, making a difference in someone's life is the biggest thing," said West.
While incarcerated many inmates earned their GED, went to alcohol and substance abuse classes, and ultimately learned how to become productive members of society.
"There's a big change in myself. I slowed down my thinking. I don't react right away," said Clinton. "The steps of decision making they taught you here really helped me big time."
Family, previous and current employees, and members of the community crowded the auditorium. Many of them, like Clinton's dad Randy noticing a change in the young men as well.
"[I'm] Very grateful for this program that it's here," said Randy. "Sorry to see it go. There's a lot of wonderful people here who put their heart and soul into this and we are really appreciative of that."
Randy says he noticed a change in Clinton every time he came to visit. Clinton plans on going back to college this Fall and becoming an electrician.