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.
Unmanned Military Helicopter Homecoming
OWEGO (WENY) -- It was a special military homecoming in Owego earlier today.
That's because the first unmanned helicopter, known as the K-MAX, made its way back home after three years in Afghanistan.
The remote-controlled aircraft was designed to fly supplies into combat zones.
After over 2,000 combat hours, it was a welcome home landing for the K-MAX team in Owego.
This first of its kind unmanned military helicopter carried cargo through dangerous territory in Afghanistan, with not one single bullet hole.
The helicopters made it possible to transport important supplies and minimize the danger to troops.
"Looking at our allies, looking at our Marines, we're estimating probably well over 190 convoys," said Captain Patrick Smith, Program Manager for Navy and Marine Corps Multi - Mission Tactical UAS Program Office. "I know that we went back, have done analysis to statistic that were going there. And showing the lives that were most likely saved or not impacted."
Back in 2011, Lockheed Martin Owego, the US Navy and Marines planned to deploy the helicopter for just 6 months.
But after multiple successful missions, 6 months turned into three years.
"Today was a celebration about the people who put it in theatre and supported it," said Daniel C. Schultz, Vice President and General Manager of Lockheed Martin Mission Systems. "And also the work that this team does in Owego to put technology out that saves lives for our soldiers."
Those involved with the success of this groundbreaking innovation say they are proud of the role they played to assist those fighting overseas; delivering roughly 4 1/2 million pounds of cargo - everything from ammunition to food and water.
"We came a long way, we were doing in a day what they initially tested us to do In week as they were developing the concept," said Major Kyle O'Connor, Chief of Naval Air Training Staff. "And from point A to point B you're not going to get there without a lot of stuff happening."
Now there are two of these unmanned helicopters, and while this one is here, the next one is due back home before the end of the year.
For now, Both K-MAX helicopters will be put in storage, so the military can look into more demonstration capabilities.