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.
Lowman UMC Closes Doors this Weekend
LOWMAN (WENY) -- For the past 12 years, Nancy Blake has been helping dozens of families in need with healthy and nutritious food at the food pantry she started at the Lowman United Methodist Church. By the end of the weekend, she's told the doors will be closed for good because the United Methodist Church is closing the Lowman location, saying the church isn't viable.
"I remember when I first opened and so many people said 'why are you doing this it's not needed?' And guess what? I'm kind of still here and it is needed," said Blake.
Nancy helps 40 to 60 families a month with food for their homes and monthly community lunches. Money for the food comes from the community, through donations or selling items at rummage sales.
"It's just one hand that joins your hand that joins another hand and one day we'll come full circle and then hopefully the problem will be solved," said Blake.
The Food bank of the Southern Tier understands the need for a food pantry in Lowman and is working on any potential future plans. Meantime, they've made a list of currently available programs and mobile food pantries in the area for Lowman neighbors. The list is below as a PDF.
"Certainly, we're going to be in touch with the people who have their feet on the ground and understand what we can do to continue to support people in Lowman as close as we can to their neighborhood," said Matthew Griffin, Director of Agency Services and Programs, Food Bank of the Southern Tier.
Griffin understands not everyone has access to transportation. For those people he suggests calling pantries to see if someone can deliver food, or see if there's a neighbor who can pick some up for them.