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.
Major Damage from Ovid Fire
OVID (WENY) -- Buildings at the corner of Main Street and West Seneca Street in the Village of Ovid are still smoldering after nearly the whole block went up in flames Tuesday night.
The call came in a little before 6:00 p.m. Tuesday night. Ovid Fire Chief Bill Palmer says it was contained at 9:0 p.m.
He says propane tanks might have played a role in how quickly the flames spread.
"The theory is that the tanks got pre-heated," said Chief Palmer. "The vents let loose on them like they're supposed to do. That ignited the gas, so then you got a blow torch effect."
Chief Palmer says it appears the fire started in the rear of the building near an outside deck. He thinks the Italian Restaurant, tax assessor, and 7 apartments are going to have to be demolished. The Chinese restaurant may have to come down as well.
WENY News spoke to some people who live in the apartments who weren't ready to be on camera. They say it's still unreal; they lost everything.
"I know the Red Cross was here helping them," said Chief Palmer. "Some of them have family that was local that they probably went with."
Susann and Raymond Austin live next door to the fire. The siding of their home is damaged and so is the insulation. Water meant to put out the fire flooded their basement, damaging their water heater and furnace.
"It sounded like a bomb, like bombs going off over there. I could almost feel the concussion when it went off," said Raymond Austin.
"I looked out the bathroom window and sure enough, the tanks started blowing," said Susann Austin.
Chief Palmer says if investigators find anything on scene that needs to be tested by a lab, results could take weeks or even months.