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.
Montour Falls Sewage Treatment Proposal
MONTOUR FALLS - [WENY] On Wednesday night, Montour Falls Mayor John King presented problems and solutions to the with the village waste water treatment plant, located near the Montour Falls Marina and Campground.
The treatment plant is pushing 50 years of operation, and according to the village, it is become inefficient, and unreliable. It has racked up 76 permit violations with the State Pollution Discharge Elimination Guidelines. Next door to Montour Falls, the Watkins Glen's treatment facility located on the Seneca Lake waterfront is also aging, and being citing for violations.
Watkins Glen Mayor Mark Swinnerton said, "The Village of Watkins Glen is in a predicament, we are under a consent order from the DEC, we have to do something."
Some of the available options for Montour Falls and Watkins Glen is to either repair and upgrade their own facilities, which would buy them a couple more years of life expectancy from the plants, or they could completely rebuild both of them.
Another option on the table is a regional waste water treatment plant, operated and maintained by both villages. The new plant would bring in new waste treatment technology, and it could save residents and both villages some money in the long run.
Montour Falls Mayor John King said, "With a joint plant, when you combine the residents of Watkins Glen and Montour Falls, and divide the cost of it up, it still comes out to be a cheaper solution then both of us building our own new plants."
Some of the economic benefits from the possible new plant, would come from the real estate that both current waste water plants take up, opening it up for redevelopment.
Swinnerton said, "At this time it is too early to guess what could go in there, but it is valuable land that sits on the waterfront that we are looking to explore a higher and better use for."
The decision on what option to take would come sometime in March. If the regional treatment plant option is accepted, construction would start in 2017.