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.
Wagner Lumber to Rebuild After Fire
OWEGO (WENY) -- Wagner Lumber in Owego is rebuilding after a fire that nearly destroyed the business earlier this year.
The sawmill that had been standing for more than 40 years is now gone.
But the lumber company broke ground this week on a new 21st century mill.
"The main sawmill was right in this flat area, which was burnt to the ground," said Les Wagner, owner of Wagner Lumber as he showed WENY a now empty lot. "We had to demo that and all the machinery that was inside."
This fire in February changed the fate of Wagner Lumber.
Owner Les Wagner planned to take a step back in the company after starting it over 40 years ago. But that morning changed everything..not necessarily for the worst.
"Right now, I have a blank sheet of paper," said Wagner. "We're kind of building a sawmill of everyone's dreams. And we're factoring maintenance for almost 30 or 40 years.
Wagner's primary concern was the welfare of his workers. Having 4 different locations, he was able to keep all 250 employees and reassign them to another location.
And he says the new sawmill, will make everything run smoothly, again.
Wagner says they are going to build an even better location and most importantly with fire protection.
"The building over there with the red steel..that one of our new components with the sawmill," said Wagner. "That's where our lumber ends up."
And this 10 million dollar project includes a sprinkler system that holds more than 150,000 gallons of water, and will replace lost equipment that was 20 years old with more energy efficient machines.
Wagner says they're hoping to have the new sawmill rebuilt and ready to go by next spring.