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.
New Details In SRO Dispute
CHEMUNG COUNTY---(WENY) There are new details on a hot button issue that caused quite a stir last year with local parents, students, and teachers in Horseheads.
It turns out the school resource officer position has come under scrutiny after a grievance was filed by the Chemung County Deputy Sheriff's Association.
Due to budget constraints, the Horseheads Central school District replaced its full-time School Resource Officer with a retired officer instead, costing just $25,000.00 a year.
Back in November, Chemung County legislators approved the move, claiming it would save the school district $40-$50K.
But now, the Chemung County Sheriff's Deputy Association says it's officers should've had first dibs at the position, and filed a grievance.
According to a source close to the dispute, the union filed an 'Improper Practice Charge' and alleging that the transfer of exclusive bargaining work of school resource officers was given to non-unit employees.
Right now, both sides are working on an agreement, but no action will be taken until the end of the school year. However, the agreement hasn't been signed off on yet.
If the district does have to hire a union officer, they will ultimately end up paying even more money than before to have a School Resource Officer on staff.
However, parents can breathe a sigh of relief because according to Horseheads Superintedent Ralph Marino, the district will have an SRO on board, no matter what.