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.
Local Soldiers to Deploy to Qatar
HORNELL --[WENY] Members of the 222nd military police company will deploy for 9 to twelve months after training in Mississippi.
"I think I speak for most if not all of the troops-- the reason we continue to do it is we really believe in serving the country and the state," said Jim Pabis, Brigade Commander.
These troops are heading out on the first leg of a trip that will land them in the Middle East.
Some have served overseas and for others, this is is the first step in a lifelong dream.
"I'm thinking of making the military a career and if not, I wanna get into law enforcement and this gives you a lot of contacts a lot of experience and it's a good way to get started in a career like that," said Joseph Palumbo who is deploying for the first time.
Sergeant Shane Stevens was deployed to Baghdad in 2006.
"It doesn't really get easier but now you have skype and other forms of technology where communication is a lot easier, so it'll be a lot easier than the last time," said Shane Stevens.
To his daughter, he's a hero.
"He's a soldier he wants to keep the world safe," said 10-year-old Natalie Stevens.
Lots of yellow roses like this one were given out today and friends and family are praying for safe returns and say they couldn't be prouder of their men and women in uniform.
The yellow rose is a symbol of love and support for soldiers and their families.
Joseph Palumbo's girlfriend, Kelsey Russell, talked to me about what it was like when he first told her about his decision.
"I knew this is what he wanted but I was also upset because I knew it would be a long time going without seeing him but being happy for him outweighed the sad I guess," said Kelsey Russell.
They've been together for two years.
"Thank you to all my friends and family for everything and.. think about us while we're gone, we'll be back soon," said Palumbo.