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.
Medicaid No Longer Funding Tioga Co. Buses
OWEGO---(WENY) Recent Changes to the Medical Transportation System is now costing Tioga County tax payers $370,000.00 a year.
For the last 20 years Medicaid has paid for Tioga County to bus its Medicaid recipients to and from their medical appointments using public transportation, taking care of most of the $440,000.00 cost to run Tioga County's buses.
Now, under the new Medicaid system, the New York State Department of Health has contracted a private company to manage Tioga County's Medical Transportation system.
Patients are now being taken by taxi to their appointments, causing a drop in Medicaid transports on Tioga County buses from 993 trips per month, down to eight per month.
Tioga County Chair, Martha Saurbrey says the state failed to notify the county of the change in enough time to make adjustments to the 2014 budget, resulting in a 1.7% tax increase.
Now, only about 200 people ride the bus everyday, leaving the county to figure out what to do next.
Saurbrey says, "Our first objective is to keep providing a bus transportation system. If we feel that it's going to be too costly, we may consider discontinuing the service. A lot of our buses are empty. We still have to pay for them, and that puts us in this dilemma."
Tioga County legislators don't want to make any decisions without first hearing from the people. To offer your feed back, contact the Tioga County Legislative Office at www.tiogacountyny.com.