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.
Local Runners Prepare for Boston Marathon
CORNING (WENY) -- A year ago today, Laura Ball headed down Boylston Street, eager to see her boyfriend at the finish line, but bombs erupted moments before she could cross.
Three spectators were killed, 16 lost limbs, and hundreds were injured.
"I went from one of the greatest highs in my life to like the biggest low. It was devastating," said Ball.
She said she couldn't process what was happening right away. A sense of security was shattered for thousands of runners.
But despite fears in six days, Laura will lace up her sneakers once again and join thousands of runners for the world's oldest annual marathon.
"I'm kind of shaking in my boots," said Ball. "There's a part of me that's really scared and there's a part of me that feels like I'm going to go back and I'm going to qualify for next year."
According to the Marathon's website, the race will have more police presence, EMS staffing, and emergency communications. Trauma counseling will also be available.
Brendan Glover of Corning is originally from the Boston area. He will also head back home for his 5th total marathon.
"Yeah there was a tragedy last year, but that community is banding together and isn't going to let them stop them in the future," said Glover. "It's good to see the community supporting the active athletes going out there."
Glover finished the race in 2 hours and 45 minutes. Laura Ball has yet to officially cross the finish line.
"It's not a matter of wanting to go back, it's having to go back," said Ball. "One I have to cross the finish line and I kind of feel like it's going to kill the demons so to speak. It's been a really hard year dealing with the emotions and if I can go back and finish, then we won, or it's over with."
Laura Ball and Brendan Glover are joining thousands of runners who are returning again. The Boston Athletic Association increased running slots to make room for people who were stopped before they could finish the race.