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 1-800-894-9131.
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 1-800-894-9131.
LPG Storage Debate Continues
WATKINS GLEN -- [WENY] Opponents met today to form a stretegy in their struggle for support from local leaders. Meanwhile, supporters say they're getting tired of the indecision.
Last week, I reported that opponents of LPG were being supported by politicians in Seneca County. A Schuyler County legislator answered those calls with letters to the DEC urging the LPG project move forward at full speed.
Some business owners disagree. "We bring in millions in tax revenue and employee thousands these are all really positive aspects of our industry it all stems around the natural beauty and that's why people like to come here," said Doug Hazlitt, of Hazlitt 1852 Vinyards.
The battle over LPG storage is pitting wineries against wineries- and politicians against politicians. Some want it to push on, to bring more people to the area. While others say increased traffic will take a toll on the tourist industry.
In a conference today, New Yorkers Against Fracking, Gas Free Seneca, Hazlitt 1852 Vinyards, and Earthjustice reiterated their concerns about using old salt caverns on Seneca Lake to store liquid gas.
"It's a peaceful tranquil place certainly not a place where you would imagine your health and safely being at risk but if inergy's plans go through, i'm extremely worried for my health and safety," said Yvonne Taylor, of Gas Free Seneca.
The Seneca County board of supervisors passed a resolution last night calling on the DEC to assist Inergy-Midstream to find somewhere else to store their gas.
Schuyler County Legislator Phillip Barnes countered that move with a letter to DEC Comissioner, Joe Martens.
In that letter, he also touts job creation and tax revenue, and questions the right of outside county leaders to get involved in a Schuyler County controversy.
To which a Seneca County Supervisor, Stephen Churchill repliled "Seneca County has jurisdiction on half of Seneca Lake and we as a board, and as representatives of all the systems in Seneca County take our stewardship over Seneca County very seriously and will continue to do so in the future.
Phil Barnes says moving forward with LPG storage would create more than 50 construction jobs through local vendors and suppliers, but opponents claim those jobs will be temporary.