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.
Norse Energy Corp. Announces Closing
Oslo-based Norse Energy Corp. announced last Friday it was converting from Chapter 11 to Chapter 7 bankruptcy, meaning it was ceasing operations and selling off remaining assets. Norse Energy Corp. USA, based in western New York, and its U.S. parent, Houston-based Norse Energy Holdings, sought bankruptcy court protection in December 2012.
Norse tried unsuccessfully in August to sell pipeline rights of way and gas leases on 130,000 acres in upstate New York to raise money to pay debts, according to company financial filings.
New York has had a moratorium on gas drilling using high-volume hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, since it began an environmental review in 2008. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has said he will decide whether to lift the ban after his health commissioner completes a health impact review.
While Norse blames its bankruptcy on the state's moratorium, the ban only applies to the new techniques of horizontal drilling and high-volume fracking. Companies can still drill shallower vertical wells. Norse had hundreds of producing vertical gas wells in sandstone formations in central and western New York before its financial collapse.
New York's roadblocks to the oil and gas industry include dozens of local bans and moratoriums. Norse is challenging one of these bans, in the central New York town of Dryden, in a case now before the state's highest court, the Court of Appeals.
Norse is also contesting a lawsuit filed by landowners representing about 6,000 of the company's leased acres. The company has extended the leases beyond their 5-year term, arguing that the state's moratorium has prevented it from drilling. Landowners say the moratorium isn't a valid reason to extend the leases. In a similar case, Chesapeake Energy recently walked away from about 200 leases rather than appeal a court decision in favor of the landowners.
In the case against the town of Dryden, attorney Tom West, representing Norse, said he expects the case to go forward even if Norse is out of business.