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.
School Vaccination Changes
STATEWIDE (WENY) -- The New York State Department of Health has upped the dosage requirement for common vaccines.
Effective July 1st, children in Kindergarten and 6th grade have to get caught up on their shots before the school year begins.
This is the first time in a decade the State Health Department changed immunization requirements.
Health officials say it's important to get vaccinated, to avoid the growing risk of catching an illness.
Chickenpox, Polio..DTAP all Required vaccinations but the required doses have risen.
And for those wondering why the change happened...
"So that we can be in line with the national standard put forth by the advisory committee on immunization practices," said Lorelei Wagner of the Steuben County Department of Health. "It's basically to make sure that more children are protected because there are still vaccine preventable diseases in the united states and in the world."
All kids entering kindergarten and sixth grade are required to get 4 to 5 doses of the Diptheria, Tetanus and Pertussis vaccine, also known as whooping cough. 2 doses of the Chickenpox vaccine and 3 to 5 doses of the Polio vaccine.
Health officials say it's important to get immunity early in life before exposure.
"This year they chose kindergarten and 6th, next year the requirements will be for kindergarten and first, 6th and 7th and so forth until 2020- 2021 every kid will have the same requirements," said Wagner.
Before the 2014-2015 school year, all are required to be immunized or on schedule to be.
But New York state does recognize religious exemption.
And we took to Facebook to ask parents their thoughts on the topic.
Katelyn O'Shea Losinger says "Not all of us who choose not to vaccinate do so due to ridiculous fears. Have you ever experienced a child having an extremely bad reaction to a vaccine?"
Rich LaVere says "The jokers are the people that don't immunize and put the rest of the population at risk...."