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
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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.
Save the Post Stepping Up
Painted Post neighbors are turning up their efforts to save their village from dissolving into the town of Erwin.
November 12, 2012
Painted Post (WENY) - Painted Post neighbors are turning up their efforts to save their village from dissolving into the town of Erwin. There is a battle going on in painted post. In January there's a referendum vote that will determine if the village of Painted Post dissolves into the Town of Erwin. A group of neighbors in favor of the plan got 400 voters to sign a petition supporting dissolution, but neighbors on the other side of the issue are doing everything they can to stop it. The group of neighbors I spoke with tonight say they just want to get the right information out in the public before the vote in January. Neighbors in painted post are upset, saying dissolving their village into the Town of Erwin is like losing their identity, and people like tom Pierri are fighting to keep painted post relevant.
“If we do go to Erwin we probably will still keep the name of painted post keep the heritage you know we will keep all of that, but we will be losing our services and say in what we want to do with our village that's the problem,” says Pierri.
Tom owns the Central Restaurant in the heart of Painted Post. If voters decide to dissolve into Erwin, they could lose control over their village and the police department, and former Police chief Don Yost would hate to see that.
“I'd be very upset because when I started this police department there was three of us. We increased as the community increased and our motto was public service and that's what we lived by,” says Yost.
Last week the save the post committee raised over $3,500 through a spaghetti dinner at Tom's restaurant, and they are using that money to make signs like this. Amy Tryon the chair of the “Save to Post” committee says they hope the signs will peak the interest of voters.
“We're going to focus on getting the word out. We want everyone to know the truth about what is going to happen weather it's for our side or the other side. It doesn’t matter because all this is about is bringing our community together,” says Tryon.
Save the post plans to meet with the group in favor of dissolving the village as well as village officials to find out exactly what will be lost in a dissolution. The Referendum vote is January 26th.