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.
Teen Arrested for Providing Alcohol
STEUBEN COUNTY (WENY) -- Recent arrests in Steuben County are a sad reminder of a tragedy that took the lives of four people, 7 years ago.
"We've just had some terrible things happen here in Steuben County in recent years," said Brooks Baker, Steuben County District Attorney.
In 2007, 3 underage Jasper-Troupsberg students and one graduate were killed when one decided to take the wheel after a night of drinking. Years later, investigators question if history could repeat itself.
This past Fall, a high school student was killed after allegedly leaving a party serving alcohol near Painted Post.
On June 18, 2014, a Jasper Troupsberg school board member was arrested for allegedly hosting minors where alcohol was being served.
Police say 47-year-old Lisa Tracy held many get-togethers at her home in Greenwood, where she allowed dozens of high school students to drink underage, numerous times.
"Not every gathering involved consuption of alcohol," said New York State Police Senior Investigator Kurt Eaton. "It is not like this is the way it was all the time. We're told she had team dinners before games, after games."
Lisa Tracy, Vice President of the Jasper-Troupsburg school board is charged with Criminal Nuisance and Endangering the Welfare of a Child for allegedly letting minors drink alcohol in her home repeatedly. Police say she didn't actually provide it.
"Some parents operate under the belief that if it happens in my house, it's safer. If I invite the kids here it's better than them drinking in the field and makes it a more controlled situation," said Baker. "The reality is, that it's not more controlled and bad things happen."
Police got wind of the drinking instances, by a tip that came through from the New York State Child Abuse Hotline.
After a five month long investigation and multiple interviews police have arrested 18-year-old Tyler VanSkiver for reportedly providing the alcohol.
Police say ways alcohol gets into the hands of minors here in the area, include minors using fake identification, stealing alcohol from their own homes, or asking people 21 and up to buy it for them.
They are still investigating this particular instance. You can call in tips to the Bath State Police barracks at (607)776-6866.