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.
Paying Respect to Webster Firefighters
The morning of Christmas Eve, two Webster New York firefighters were killed after a gunman set a block of homes ablaze, then opened fire on first responders as they arrived on scene.
Chemung County (WENY) - The morning of Christmas Eve, two Webster New York firefighters were killed after a gunman set a block of homes ablaze, then opened fire on first responders as they arrived on scene. Now firefighters from the Southern Tier are visiting the shaken town of webster to pay their respects to the two men killed that day.
As you can imagine it's a horrific story, and for fire fighters everywhere it was a nightmare come to life. When one fire crew is affected by a tragedy, other crews, near and far, are there for support. So far firefighters from nine crews in Chemung county including Baldwin, Big Flats, Elmira City, Horseheads, Millport, Pine City and others are sending people to Webster tomorrow. They're heading north for the wakes and funeral services to honor their fallen brothers.
The Monroe County Fire Coordinator asked that fire departments band together with their county. Chemung County Emergency Management Director Mike Smith says it's important to show solidarity especially after such a tragic event
“It's just to be there and show the other firefighters in West Webster that we stand with them, it is a big fraternity a big family and its more just to show them we share their suffering and we know what they're going through,” says Smith.
The group is leaving tomorrow morning from the Village of Horseheads Fire Department.