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.
NEW: Two Missing Amish Sisters From New York Found Safe
OSWEGATCHIE (WENY) -- Two Upstate New York Amish Girls were found safe and sound Thursday night after being abducted from their home, Wednesday evening.
Nearly 50 officers searched for almost 24 hours for 6-year-old Delila Miller and 12-year-old Fannie Miller from Saint Lawrence County. Investigators said the two sisters were taken from a roadside stand in front of their home.
An Amber Alert was issued late Wednesday night for the 6 and 12-year-old girls.
The girls showed up Thursday in Richville, a town some 30 miles away, after the abductors dropped them off and the sisters walked to a nearby house, authorities told WWNY-TV. Their two abductors had taken them to a home in Bigelow, just outside Richville, and ordered the girls to stay put until authorities were called in.
The suspect or suspects are still on the run and police will follow up on all leads Friday.
Marge Mann has been selling Rhubarb at her stand here in her front yard on Route 14 in Millport for years. The 80-year-old grandmother, often has her grandchildren over, but she says she takes extra caution to keep an eye on them when they're playing outside.
"I never let them out of my sight because I know unlike those young girls, those Amish girls, they don't know nothing about the world and it's a sad thing," said Mann. "I feel very bad for the parents of those young girls."
According to authorities, 6-year-old Delila and 12-year-old Fannie Miller went to wait on a customer at the family's roadside stand on the corner of Mount Alone Road and State Route 81 in the town of Oswegatchie. Authorities say, a neighbor saw a passenger in a white four-door sedan put something into the back seat. When the car drove off, the two girls were gone.
"It's been tough from the beginning," said Kevin Wells, St. Lawrence County Sheriff. "This is a very important issue with these girls their lives are were worried because whether this was an abduction or whether this is something else that this is something that needs a response and that's we're all here to do."
Authorities did not have any pictures of the two girls because of the family's strict Amish beliefs. The family allowed an artist to sketch a picture of 12-year-old Fannie Miller.
Both girls were last seen wearing dark blue dresses with blue aprons and black bonnets.