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.
Sen. Schumer at Cornell
ITHACA - [WENY] On Monday afternoon, Senator Schumer was at Cornell University to announce $100M in funding to help keep a state of the art particle accelerator laboratory open.
The Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Light Source lab , also known as "CHESS", will be able to continue to provide a major role in medical and scientific breakthroughs.The funding will be spread out over the next 5 years, with $20M allotted each year.
The laboratory was in danger of closing it's doors after widespread federal cuts threatened the facility. To get the funding, Senator Schumer appealed to the National Science Foundation, and the White House office of Science and Technology to keep the important facility open.
Senator Schumer said, "It means that the federal government believes that Cornell and the CHESS lab are worthy of substantial investment, and it means that the work done here is a national priority."
The laboratory also provides a training ground for a scientific workforce that is in demand.
Cornell University President Dr. David Skorton said, "CHESS also serves the entire nation by educating the next generation of accelerator and synchrotron scientists, by training more leaders in these fields then any other place, not only the nation but in the world..."
The announced funding will also save the 130 jobs of those employed at the CHESS laboratory.