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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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 Vets Rattled by Fort Hood Shooting
WENY-- Shots fired at the nation's largest army base, Fort Hood, left three killed and more than a dozen injured- The gunman, Ivan Lopez shoot himself- violating sacred security soldiers feel on their own base.
"It's a real travesty, in your own country on a military base, you can't protect your own," said Jerry Lenox, Veteran and Commander at American Legion Post 443.
Lenox understands how large Fort Hood is and tough it could be to secure it . Still, he says the shooting brought back painful memories of the deadly shooting spree in 2009.
"I just want to know what's going on, why it happened, and what they're going to do to fix this," said Lenox. "Because twice at the same military post, that's bad. That's very bad."
Meantime, in the Northern Tier at the Sayre VFW the flag is at half mast in honor of the innocent lives taken. Trustee and Vietnam War Veteran, Edward McDonald thinks we are starting to see the signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He thinks more needs to be done for mental health.
"We're going to probably start seeing problems for the next 20 years. I mean they're starting to come out now and they come out in different forms," said McDonald. "They're not sure about this Fort Hood shooter, what was wrong with him."
Lopez was undergoing treatment for mental health issues. He had a history of instability and psychiatric issues that Lt. General Mark Milley believes to be "the fundamental underlying factor" in the incident. Lopez was found to show no violent or suicidal tendencies.
Sarah Camp of Mental Health Associates in Towanda thinks mental health education is a step in the right direction. She serves as a drug and alcohol counselor and does mental health evaluations.
She couldn't speak on Lopez's particular situation but said "I do think sometimes people fall through the cracks. And sometimes there is a negative stereotype and stigma that comes with mental health problems."
According to Lt. General Milley, authorities have no indication at this time that Lopez was targeting specific soldiers when he opened fire on the army base.