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. Woman Missing: One Week Later
BATH (WENY) -- 40-year-old Bobbi Jo Hatter went missing a week ago on March 19, but friends and family aren't giving up hope just yet. They joined together to post fliers around town with Hatter's picture and a number to call if anyone has seen.
"She is a wonderful mother, a grandmother, she raised her grandson, whom she loves more than life itself," said Bobbi Jo's sister, Marcia Bentley.
Friends and family describe Hatter as a typical happy-go-lucky woman. They say she would never intentionally leave her family without telling them.
"We just know she had a nervous breakdown, she was going through a lot of stuff," said Bentley. "She's lost a lot over the last 17 years. She went through the death of their son."
Investigators took to the neighborhood last Wednesday to try and find Hatter. She was last seen walking in a confused state in the middle of Chamberlain Road in Kanona.
"The fact that we have not found any evidence that she was not forced to go anywhere against her will or any kind of foul play had occurred keeps it going as a person who is not yet found," said Steuben County Undersheriff Jim Allard. "We'll continue to follow leads and follow the investigation. We have two different investigators following up on two different leads today."
The family is hoping those leads will bring Bobbie Jo back where she belongs.
"Bobbi Jo, your family wants you to know we love you and we want you to come home honey," pleaded Aunt Molly Wakefield. "That's all there is to it. We don't care what the circumstances are. We miss you. We love you."
Friends and family members are hosting a vigil for Hatter as well. They say prayers are going a long way.