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.
Michaels Security Breach
ELMIRA (WENY) Another mass data breach, this time at Michaels. The Craft store has announced that up to 3 million credit and debit cards could be affected-- including customers here in the Southern Tier.
Back in January, Michaels let people know about the breach. They hired two expert security firms to look into it.
According to a press release put out by the company hackers got into Michael's computers getting information like card numbers and expiration dates. They say there's no evidence that other personal information like a customer's name, address or PIN, is also at risk.
At the Elmira store, dates of exposure are May 2013 to October 2013, then October to November, and again from December to this January. In Ithaca, shoppers were exposed from May to July last year.
Michael's says they've fully contained the incident; however, customers here in the Southern Tier are still concerned.
"It makes you want to shop more with cash versus credit. A lot of people are worried about getting their cards compromised and getting their bank accounts and savings accounts drained," said shopper James Grady.
Shopper, Loriann Curtis avoids shopping with credit cards all-together. "Instead of using credit cards I try to use cash," said Curtis. "My motto's been since my three children have been small that if I don't have cash to buy it and I have to put it on credit it's not worth buying."
Michaels is offering identity protection, credit monitoring and fraud assistance services for 12 months at no cost to customers visit http://www.michaels.com/ for more.