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.
Kids Eligible for Healthy, Free Food
CORNING (WENY) -- The sun's out and kids are off for the Summer. Thousands of those kids who rely on reduced or free lunches during the school year are still eligible for those healthy meals through the Summer.
Now, US senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing for more and easier accessibility to the Summer Food Service Program through a new bill called the Summer Meals Act.
The Summer Food Service Program benefits children ages 18 and younger from low income households
According to the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, nearly 34,000 local children receive these free and reduced price meals throughout the school year. They say during the summer only 18 percent of them get free meals through the Summer Food Service Program. So they're pairing up with local organizations to spread the word.
The meals are typically available at summer camps, parks, schools, youth centers, and libraries.
The Salvation Army in Corning is one of dozens of locations across the Southern Tier that participate with the Summer Food Service Program. Over 100 students are registered for its free Summer day camp, where they get free and healthy meals.
"A lot of these children get a free meal in school schools that's now not available to them," said Major Laurance Wittenberg. "So, I think a lot of them would probably not get a nutritious meal or go hungry over the Summer without lunch and breakfast programs like this brings. So it does fill the gap and there's an obvious need for it."
In the meantime, Senator Gilibrand's new proposal aims to better integrate summer education and meal programs. The Summer Meals Act also would increase access to the meal programs by allowing areas with 40 percent of students getting free or reduced lunches during school to participate. Right now, the bar is set at 50 percent.
There's an interactive map available online where you can look up locations that participate in the summer food service program here: http://www.icarol.info/PublicResourceDirectoryFrm.aspx?org=2198