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.
Southern Tier Woman Fights Adoption Ban
ELMIRA HEIGHTS (WENY) -- One Human Right's group is calling on Washington to lift a ban on intercountry adoptions in Nepal.
The group, Both Ends Burning met with leaders in Washington, DC last week, fighting to open adoption between American Families and Nepali orphans.
Sharyln Keegan of Elmira Heights says joined the advocacy group, in Washington DC because of her special ties to Nepal.
"When we realized on that same day of adoption, that I could not, would not get a visa for her that I would have to go without her it was one of the most difficult days to go through," said Keegan.
Keegan adopted six year old Junu in December 2010 in Nepal, when she was three years old.
But when Keegan was ready to take her daughter home to the Southern Tier, she was told she couldn't.
That's because a US Department of State investigation halted adoptions in Nepal, due to unreliable documentation.
The US had difficulty determining whether the children were orphans under US law.
Junu spent six weeks in an orphanage while Sharyln fought to prove her new daughter's orphan status - costing upwards of $70,000.
And she's not alone - the US Embassy completed 62 other cases - costing each family an average of $25,000.
"I guess you never know what journey you're on in life, but i wouldn't change it," said Keegan.
After investigating for 82 days, the US Embassy found there was no evidence of fraud.
And on April 2, 2011, Sharyln was able to bring Junu home, but an adoption suspension in Nepal remains in place.
Now human right's group, Both Ends Burning is looking to end it, and give those children homes.
To learn more about Both Ends Burning's Mission, visit their website.