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 York State Pothole Repairs
BATH (WENY) -- The winter weather is slowly tapering off day by day but under the melted snow is the proof of a rough winter.
Potholes during this the year seem to show up everywhere not only effecting the way our roads are traveled on, but the condition of our cars and tires.
Governor Andrew Cuomo recently approved 40 million dollars in extra funding to repair roads and bridges.
In a statement, he said that the state is helping municipalities to make the necessary repairs to make roads safe for drivers.
Steuben County received roughly $1 million; One of the highest amounts granted in the state.
"We've had about 15 or 20 of our roads that had some severe winter break up more than normal," said Vincent Spagnoletti, Steuben County's Commisioner of Public Works.
The amount of money given to each county was determined by the number of roads a county has. Steuben County has 678 miles of road.
Local officials are looking to make the roads more sustainable in winter weather.
"In May, we'll be getting our pothole machine in which sprays hot liquid asphalt and stone chips in and that's more permanent fix," said Spagnoletti.
Shawn Tompson, a motor equipment operator, says that this winter was hard on the roads because of the extremely cold weather.
"Through the winter the frost has heaved our roads up and the black top is breaking up," sais Tompson.
But he says they're going to fix up the roads as best as they can.
"The black top plant is opening up," said Tompson. "We'll use a hot mix which will be a more permanent fix to the road than throughout the winter."
Local officials say that the extra money from the state is a huge help to the county and taxpayers.
"This is much less pressure on the county. This is a winfall for us to repair all the damage," said Spagnoletti.