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.
C-PP Utility Tax?
“No new taxes”, That was the message from the overwhelming majority of tax payers at tonight in Corning-Painted Post.
September 18, 2012
Corning (WENY) – “No new taxes”, That was the message from the overwhelming majority of tax payers at tonight in Corning-Painted Post. The corning Painted Post school district is looking into adding a new utility tax to help bring in money to use on next years school budget, but Neighbors don't want to see their taxes get any higher. It's up to the board to decide if they should implement the tax anywhere from a half a percent up to 3 percent After hearing neighbors at tonight’s meeting, they may want to reconsider adding any new tax.
“If you find ways of doing more with less as opposed to constantly coming back for more money and finding new ways to tax us, that's not the solution, that’s not going to change from year to year.” That's what one concerned tax payer had to say to the C-PP School Board. Speaker after speaker, the message became louder. Tax payers at the public hearing do not want the proposed tax increase on their telephone, gas and electric bills. It's unpopular, but not everyone is against it.
“I think that if it goes to the school and not the politicians is a good thing. Anything that will help the school and help the children stay in school is a positive thing,” says district parent Richard Brinklow.
The tax could generate up to $1.3 million in revenue for the district, and they could use the extra dough. Corning-Painted Post lost more than $6 million a year in state aid since 2008.
“Whats happened in the state is the tax cap and reduction in state aid revenues are in question,” says Superintendent Mike Ginalski. “Our board has begun work on next years budget early and part of good budgeting is taken a look at revenues.”
The board can make the utility tax anywhere from .5 percent to 3 percent. So if they were to raise it to 3 percent, if your gas bill is $100 you would pay $3 extra per month, amounting to $36 more a year. That money would be put in the general fund and allocated towards teachers programs and transportation.
“Do we have a revenue issue sure just like every other school district but in the end if we were to approve it, I think it will go a long way towards keeping people employed and providing services for kids,” says Ginalski.
The board will determine if they will implement the tax and by how much at an upcoming board meeting.