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.
LPG Facility Controversy
Although county leaders voted in favor last night, stating they are in support despite opposition from those who say it will effect tourism and the quality of Seneca Lake.
Crestwood Midstream of Texas wants to construct and store liquid petroleum gas in underground caverns at the US Salt complex in Reading.
The project was originally proposed in October 2009 - now it's just pending a decision by the state DEC.
Those in favor of the shovel-ready project say it will create jobs and support local tax base.
Joseph Campbell, President of 'Gas Free Seneca,' has been fighting the LPG storage proposal since January 2011.
He says the jobs this facility would create does not justify the threat it has on the current businesses and homes around Seneca lake.
"There's problems with the geology over there. We have two independent petrologist write reports mentioning the instability of the cavern," said Campbell. "And the fault lines that criss cross the area they want to store this gas, the cavern collapse. Things that the D-E-C is looking at."
WENY reached out to Schuyler County Administrator Tim O'Hearn , to see what leaders would do if the DEC does not approve the proposal, but we weren't able to reach him.
Campbell says the DEC is nowhere close to making a decision
But he hopes they will make what he believes is the right decision for Seneca Lake.