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.
VA Scandal Has VFW Members Outraged
ELMIRA (WENY) -- President Obama addressed the nation earlier this morning stating his administration will be investigating a Western hospital's Veteran Care access that may have caused the death of a number of veterans.
Administrators at the VA in Phoenix, reportedly created a secret waiting list to cover up long wait times.
As a result, at least 40 Veterans died before receiving care.
Veterans in the community say what happened at the VA in Phoenix isn't right and something needs to be done to better protect and care for those who served.
"Even in Bath, you have to wait a long time to see a doctor because there isn't that many," said Nancy Bush, VFW member and Elmira Heights resident.
When Bush learned that 40 U-S veteran deaths were due to a reported secret waiting list to cover up long wait times at the Phoenix VA she was not surprised.
She says someone needed to answer to the offense, especially when our nation's vets have to wait to see doctors, including here at home.
"They're waiting weeks and a lot of these veterans are WWII and Korean, said Bush. "They're in their 70's, 80s, 90s. They can't be waiting weeks to see a doctor. They need help now."
WENY spoke with Acting Chief of Staff Doctor Manish Sahni from the Bath VA.
He says access to Veteran Care is their number one priority and encourages veterans to use their facilities.
Congressman Tom Reed says when he heard about the incident out west he called Bath VA director Michael Schwartz immediately.
"He personally assured me that these types of shenanigans are not happening and we have a dedicated staff attending to Veteran Issues," said Congressman Reed.