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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.
Legalizing Medical Marijuana in NYS
STATEWIDE (WENY) -- It's do or die for the Compassionate Care Act in New York State.
Both the State Senate and Assembly's negotiations on whether to legalize medical marijuana is due by midnight in order for the bill to be voted on before the legislative session ends on Thursday.
According to a recent Sienna College Poll - 62 percent of New Yorkers support the Compassionate Care Act over the 33 percent that are opposed.
So, will it be yay or nay for legalizing medical marijuana in New York State?
Governor Andrew Cuomo has voiced concerns about the medicinal use of this popular recreational drug.
He says he will only sign the bill if the drug is properly regulated.
He wants to ban smoking it, cut down on the number of chronic illnesses that are listed to be treated with marijuana.
He also wants to change the policy of a patient receiving 2.5 ounces of pot every 30 days to doctors prescribing the drug in one month doses.
Christie Speciale, Executive Director at the Tioga County Council on Alcoholism and Substance abuse says making it legal is sending the wrong message and could possibly raise the addiction rate.
"Similar to prescription drug abuse, when people are prescribed opiates or narcotics and they geT an excess of medication then they are selling it on the streets to make extra money," said Speciale. "Here at TCCASA, we are definitely holding on to what we believe is marijuana being a harmful and dangerous drug."
On the Compassionate Care NY website, Doctors throughout New York State share their support for the act.
Dr. Craig Blinderman of Columbia University Medical Center says "It's disappointing that I cannot provide my patients with a therapy that I know can benefit them."
Dr. Sunil Aggarwal of New York University Medical Center says
"As a doctor I feel helpless when I can't give my patients an effective treatment for pain."