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. Health Care Facility Goes Private
BATH (WENY) -- It's a change in ownership for the Steuben County Health Care Facility in Bath.
After years of fiscal distress to keep it open, the county sold it to the Centers for Specialty Care, a privately owned company.
The facility will now operate as the Steuben Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare.
County officials say it was a decision they didn't make lightly.
But it was costing millions to operate.. And selling was the only option.
Steuben county leaders say the health care facility had to be sold, due to the intense strain on the county budget.
The facility was sold to Centers for Specialty Care for 11-million dollars, and finalized on July 1st.
"We were running a deficit of an annual basis of anywhere from 2 to 3 million dollars a year, Over the last several years," said Mark Alger, Steuben County Manager. "And really depleted all the reserves the county had for the facility."
The $20 million county home was built on the promise the state would provide continual operation funds.
But according to the county, the state changed its reimbursement program, and the funding didn't come through.
Since 2006, it's been a struggle to keep it running.
"Unfortunately, if I had a crystal ball and knew that was going to happen. We wouldn't have built the thing," said Alger. "Because it would have been better off for us in the long run."
David McCarroll, the Steuben County Healthcare facility Adminstrator, says the only changing is the name and that they're going private.
He says the union workers will get to keep their job and the quality of healthcare will remain the same.
"Being a choice that people seek out from as far away as Rochester or Sayre. We have no trouble finding customers and that will continue in the future," said McCarroll.
Benefits for the Union workers was costly for the county to fund.
But McCarrol stresses workers may continue to receive benefits from their current provider, but under a private contract.
"It's a different contract," said McCarroll. "But it's a contract that they negotiated for. The workers themselves."
County officials say they are not profiting from this sell.
They still owe $13 million to the state.