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.
Tour De Flight For Mercy Flight
BATH---(WENY) A local cyclist is going a long way to raise money for a vital service, which often means the difference between life and death. David Schenck, 58, of Prattsburgh will set out on a 2800 mile journey from Banff, Alberta, Canada to the U.S. Mexico border on his mountain bike. It's in an effort to raise money for Mercy Flight Central; the region's only non-profit medevac service.
David says the idea came from just wanting to support Mercy Flight. He said, "I just thought this would be a great way to raise some funds for a worthwhile service in our region."
Mercy Flight serviced almost half of New York; 29 counties including the Southern Tier. They transport roughly 650 patients each year. It's a costly service, and fundraising efforts like David's help out a great deal. Mercy Flight Central President and CEO, Neil Snedeker says. "The tour de flight that David Schenck is doing to benefit Mercy Flight Central is a real key part of our overall success as a non-profit air ambulance service." David's wife, Winnie Romeril, is a Mercy Flight paramedic. She says the idea of David's trip is, "a little scary..two months all by himself going through a lot of North America's vast wilderness, especially the area he's gonna be going through, it's very big risk country."
However, it's a risk David is willing to take. Not long ago, David needed a medevac helicopter when he crashed his bike in a Pennsylvania canyon. The cost of his transport with a private medevac company cost a whopping $38,000.00. It's a bill that would put many uninsured Americans in financial ruin. A Mercy Flight transport cost $20,000.00, still a hefty sum, but the main concern for Mercy Flight has always been their patients.
For more information on how you can make a donation, visit http://www.mercyflightcentral.org/.