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.
The Shot Heard Around NY
BATH---(WENY) It's been a year since the New York SAFE ACT became law and despite back lash from many, the law still stands and local gun supporters are still fighting back.
It's called the Shot heard Around New York State, reminiscent of the Shot heard 'round the world- when during the American Revolution, British Soldiers came in the middle of the night to confiscate American's firearms and ammunition. To many New Yorkers, last year's late night passing of the SAFE ACT was the exact same thing.
Steuben County Sheriff David Cole said, "What I feel they did with the safe act was, they took the guns out of the law abiding citizens and allowed the criminals to still posess the same weapons."
The Bath Rod and Gun Club is joining the Spingville Field and Stream Club in Erie County, New York, along with an estimated 25,000+ gun owners throughout the state on Saturday- all ready to sound off in protest to the year old gun control law.
Bath Rod and Gun Club President, Bob Yorio says,"I'd like to see as many people involved as possible, just to let the state know that we do care what is happening to our 2nd ammendment and we certainly don't want anything infringed on our rights."
Currently the New York SAFE Act bans the sale of assault rifles and requires current owners to register their weapons with the New York State Police.
Just last week a federal judge ruled in favor the SAFE Act provisions, saying they are constitutional because they are "related to achieving an important governmental interest".
However, the restriction on gun owners to only use seven rounds in 10 bullet magazines was struck down.
It's a small feet according to some, that doesn't begin to scratch the surface. Hesselson's Sporting Goods Manager, Paul Perine says, "Striking it from seven rounds back to 10 is really not much of a win for the gun lobby. It was a poorly conceived idea to begin with an very unenforceable."
And speaking of ammunition, many feel the provision calling for background checks on ammo purchases is unnecessary and will drive up the cost.
Les Brown, Former President of the Bath Rod and Gun Club says,"It's unnecessary for the ammunition, I mean if I wanna buy a box of .22's I'll go to PA and not pay a $20 fee for a check."
The protest will be held this Saturday, January 11, 2014. A single symbolic shot will be fired at the Bath Rod and Gun Club and any other participating gun clubs in New York State at 12:00pm.