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.
UPDATE: Owego Firefighter Controversy
UPDATE, 4/29/2014 8:58pm: The Owego Board of Trustees has decided to review some parts of the revisions that are specific to violations in May, with the rest of the operations manual will be decided in June.
It is still unclear whether or not if the threats made by some firefighters to turn their gear in will be followed through, since the board did not adopt the revisions tonight. But during Tuesday nights meeting, no firefighter was seen leaving in protest, or turning gear in after the trustees made a decision.
WENY News will bring you any updates to this story.
OWEGO (WENY) --- With the death of an Owego fireman last year, the fire department decided to revise their operations manual.
Now the Board of Trustees is yet to approve this manual and some firefighters are threatening to walk away.
"I think a lot of them felt undervalued, not appreciated," Assistant Fire Chief Mark Warfle.
And after losing Matthew Porcari last year, feeling unsafe.
This revised manual was a year in the making for the fire department, after the State Department of Labor issued six citations following Porcari's death.
Last week, the village board of Trustees tabled the approval of the new manual - which has some firefighters - fired up.
"This caused a lot of anger and disappointment amongst my active firefighters and a number of those active firefighters are threatening to stop running calls for their own safety," said Chief Warfle. Board members say they can't sign off on a document blindly.
Earl Hartman, a member of Owego Fire as well a village Trustee, says the mayor and the fire chiefs have had a year to create and review the Operations manual but the board has not.
"The trustees, essentially for at least of a couple of them, didn't see the document until the meeting," said Hartman. "And even if it was given to them 2 or 3 days ahead of time, it's a very complex document that they needed to time to wrap their heads around."
Hartman stresses the board's main concern for the fire department is their safety, but still have some questions about the manual's content, and want further review.
But any further delay has some volunteer members threatening to turn in their gear.
"Essentially when you make that statement that if you don't pass it as we put it in right now, we're going to walk," said Hartman. "It unfortunately says to me, that maybe you're not committed to the program as you should be."
There will be a board of trustees meeting tonight and the firefighters say they will be in attendance to voice their concerns.