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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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.
Owego Firefighters Resign
OWEGO (WENY) -- More tonight on the situation in Owego, where the fire department and village board of trustees have gone back and force over a new operations manual that aims to ensure safety.
A vote on the manual has now been tabled indefinitely.
And after months of meetings and negotiations, 40 Owego Firefighters have turned in their uniforms and resigned from the department.
The board was given until June 16th to make a decision on the fire department's proposed operations manual.
But firefighters grew restless, unable to work without feeling safety was a priority.
A threat became reality Friday in Owego, when 40 firefighters turned in their gear, and said they were resigning from the department.
"They kind of wanted things their way and we didn't do that," Owego Village Trustee, Ann Lockwood. "The way that we thought was the correct way to do it."
After the death of Captain Matt Porcari last year, the labor department cited the fire department for safety violations.
That prompted changes to the department's operations manual, making stricter job requirements and additional training.
But trustees say the proposed changes left many firefighters unqualified to serve.
So, they tabled approving it, and since decided to write a brand new manual for 2015.
"I think that it should be heavily involved by the fireboard as well as the village trustees to put something that works that's functional," said Trustee Steve May. "and it saves a lot of homes and hopefully lives.
The owego FD is making a bold statement despite the 40 members that put in their resignation. Outside their station is a this sign that reads "OFD still lives and saves lives."
The future fire chief says no matter what happens, they'll still be here for the village and they are moving forward.
"Right now morale is up. At a time like this, it is very easy for the morale be down," said elected Fire Chief, Daniel Gavin. "And everybody rechecked themselves as to why the joined and brought the morale back up."
Gavin says he plans to make the department stronger by opening communication between the fire dept and trustees.
He says the former Owego fire chiefs, who decided not to re-run for their offices, admitted there were issues with the proposed manual.
But he assures the community there's still enough firefighters to respond in an emergency.
"Our doors are up, when the whistle blows, you'll here the fire apparatus respond," said Gavin. "You'll have a full emergency squad responding."