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.
Monterey Shock Closure Takes its Toll
ORANGE (WENY) -- As of July, New York's Department of Corrections will be closing the Monterey Shock Incarceration Correction Facility in the town of Orange.
"This is the end of something that was great," said Lisa West, who worked as the secretary at Monterey Shock for 8 years.
Monterey Shock is one of four prisons on the chopping block due to a lack of funding and need. However, shock is a different kind of prison. It's a opportunity for non-violent offenders to go through six months of boot camp style drilling instead of doing time behind bars.
The young men volunteer in the community four days a week, and spend the rest of their time in classes on things like substance abuse and decision making.
39-year-old George Jackson of Albany is one of today's graduates.
"It's sad. It's sad that they would close a place like this down," said Jackson. "This place helps a lot of people. And I know there's a lot of guys out there that need this place to be open."
If platoon members were paid minimum wage for all the work they've done in the community they would have made $156,078. Instead that revenue stayed here in the Southern Tier.
"These guys go out they work in the community four days a week," explained West. "And rural community like this, they need that. Tax payers money is, they're going to be hurt. It's the bottom line."
Brian Beasley who serves as Elmira's Superintendent from the Department of Public Works says the inmates made an impact in the city. Simple things like painting the parking garage, cleaning Eldridge Park and resetting bricks on the river front helped Elmira.
"We're just going to have to maintain at the levels that we have and get the jobs done, so trying to go above and beyond may be a little bit harder to do," said Beasley.
Meantime, local leaders aren't giving up just yet, there have been several rallies to keep Shock open over the past months. An online petition has gained support from over 1,000 people. You can sign it at: http://www.change.org/petitions/governor-cuomo-stop-the-closure-of-monterey-shock-2