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.
Village of Horseheads Passes Gun Motion
July 11, 2013
HORSEHEADS -- (WENY) A controversial motion was passed by the Village of Horseheads last month under the nose of the public. The motion allows Village board members to freely carry firearms on village premises. Neither Trustee Skrosknik or the public were happy with the changes.
Village board member Mike Skroskznik was absent the day the special meeting was held. When we here at WENY-HD received notice of the meeting, but it was only regarding the justice court audit report. There was no mention of the firearms motion. Others felt the same way. Pat Gross of Horseheads said,
"I knew nothing about the add on I came to the meeting at the following meeting after the 20th."
The board passed a motion, revising the Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct will now allow Village Board Members and the Village Manager to carry
a firearm on village premises. During the July 11 meeting, Trustee Skroskznik asked to recall this motion. Skroskznik questioned, "they just abolished two police
officers positions they just pulled out the school resource officer from Horseheads high school, but they feel the need to carry firearms in village hall?"
Village Manager Walt Herbst says many of their board members are hunters and the change will allow them to have their hunting knife or firearm without
violating any policy. "Now with this change, if they come in they've come home from deer hunting they park their truck in the parking lot that's not a violation."
Herbst says they've been talking about this for some time and that it wasn't just added in last minute. But it was not on the agenda we received. When asked about that Walt Herbst explained, "you're right it was not on the agenda for that date, but what I'm saying is that we typically had adds on to the agenda so that's not unusual at all."
But Trustee Skroznik says this wasn't an add on, yet it was a motion. Which he says violates their opening meeting policy. "So that means it was for a one topic item. And that one topic item was for the justices audit report so
they can send it to the comptrollers office but the motion was made."
Skroskznik tells us he might be forced to take this issue to court. And then let a judge decide to recall that motion or not. Until then, the motion stands.