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.
Penn Yan Flash Flood: One Month Later
PENN YAN (WENY) -- Recovery is still underway a month after flood waters ravaged Penn Yan and the Keuka Lake area. Five to seven inches of rain fell in less than three hours in some parts of Yates County, and the surrounding area.
State Aid was announced a few weeks ago. Governor Cuomo is now, calling on the President to open up FEMA aid.
In the meantime, it's not quite back to business as usual in Penn Yan just yet.
"Today was the first day we were open as a normal working hours," said Donna Neal, owner, Angel's Family Restaurant.
About a month ago, flood waters ruined the basement at Angel's Family Restaurant, toppling freezers over and destroying stock.
"We didn't have freezer space, so I finally got new freezers in," said Neal. "I have two that I have as loaners so as we build up the freezers, now we can order the food."
Angel's is just one of dozens of local businesses on Main Street flooded out.
Just next door, Owner of Lloyd's limited, Robert Champlain had to put in new floors and replace thousands of dollars in food and drinks that were contaminated by the flood water.
"Between the labor, the cost of the concrete, the loss of the food, it's pretty expensive," said Champlaign.
He's estimating a $70,000 loss. Clean up took him about a week.
However, for some, recovery is still under way.
Home Necessities lost at least $10,000 worth of furniture in their rent-to-own store. They've applied for state aid and are hoping FEMA steps in as well.
"We had no flood insurance I don't think any one in this area had flood insurance. It's a trough pill to swallow all that lost inventory along with the damage to the building," said Mason Gingrich.
Presidential action would make FEMA funding available to state and local municipalities, including Steuben and Yates counties.
Governor Cuomo also requested a federal major declaration for Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Delaware, Herkimer, Lewis, Livingston, Ontario, and Otsego Counties after recent severe storms.