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.
Steuben Co. Tourism Gets New Look
CORNING (WENY) -- $2.1 trillion are generated in the US by tourism. In Steuben County, it's the reason for over 2,000 jobs.
"I think a lot of times people think 'Oh tourism is just a lot of fun, but it doesn't really do anything for our economy,' but that couldn't be further from the truth," said Peggy Coleman President of Steuben County Conference & Visitors Bureau.
According to Coleman, if tourism were to disappear, every single household in Steuben County would pay an additional $391 in taxes a year.
"It's not just visitors it's residents looking for places to go and things to do," said Denise Ackley, President of the Corning Area Chamber of Commerce. "It makes sense for our local economy to help drive traffic."
So, the visitors bureau, now being marketed as "Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes" is doing its best to boost tourism. It's been rebranded with a new logo and mobile friendly website that has a "what's nearby" feature. Here is the link to the new site: http://www.corningfingerlakes.com/
Almost 55,000 people a year make their way through the doors to the Visitors Center in Corning, which was recently voted America's Most Fun Small Town. Now not only will they be able to get helpful information, but the spotlight will be on local artists as well.
People stopping by will get an exclusive look at items "made in Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes." Like pieces made by Barbara Havill a potter from Pulteney.
Havill says the partnership is very exciting. "People will find their way to us, instead of us taking things to shows, which we did for 30 years and that gets old," said Havill.
The pilot program aims to feature 6 to 10 local artists in its first year.