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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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.
No Music at Walmart
The familiar holiday sounds of Christmas carols and bells are something we've come to expect this time of year.
Painted Post (WENY) - The familiar holiday sounds of Christmas carols and bells are something we've come to expect this time of year. One local bell ringer has been taking that idea to a whole new level, playing music out of his stereo while helping raise money for the salvation army. Now he's being told to stop, by the store he volunteers in front of, Walmart.
John Sherrod has been a staple outside the Walmart in painted post for more than 7 years, using his music to bring more donations in his red kettle. That streak has come to an end.
“Not having any music up here today I kind of feel like a fish out of water,” says Sherrod. “This is personal, I feel like I've been kicked in the backside, that I cant do this here.”
Since 2005 John Sherrod has used his stereo to play holiday music to help bring in donations for the salvation army. He would sing and dance and do whatever it took to raise money.
“People love it they thought it was funny here is a guy who cant carry a tune in a bucket but they thought it was funny.”
You might ask yourself why john would stand in the freezing cold to sing and ring a bell?
“I had no place to live in the middle of the winter and they found me a place to live and paid one months rent and security deposit and set me up in an apartment,” says John “Over the years they have been good to me and I like to give back.”
Despite Johns longstanding relationship with the local Walmart and it's staff, Walmart spokeswoman Kayla Whaling says they have made an agreement with the Salvation Army, banning the music, to make the shopping experience as pleasant as possible.
“Unfortunately as part of the guidelines that we've developed with the salvation army we cannot allow something that could be a potential hazard to people entering or exiting our store.”
John might not be able to play his music anymore, but he wont let that dampen his spirit.
“I can still dance around they can turn off my music but they cant take it out of my soul, that's where it's at.”
John is asking people to write to Walmart corporation to ask the rule be changed back. But no matter what he will still be out there ringing his bell.