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1/20 3:20PM UPDATE - The contract between WWNY/WNYF and DIRECTV has been settled. Programming should return late afternoon Sunday. The sides negotiated through the weekend and reached a settlement a short time ago.
[Update 1/16 / 1/18] To date no settlement has been reached with DIRECTV. Our parent company is committed to negotiate in good faith with DIRECTV and end this disruption ASAP. [1/18] DIRECTV viewers may want to make other plans for viewing NFL this weekend. For viewers who may wish to try utilizing an antenna, we would suggest visiting www.antennaweb.org for assistance on what antenna would work best for you. As noted below... we continue to also broadcast to other service providers, and stream to CBS All-Access and HULU Live. College basketball from CBS will again be streamed on their sports website.
[UPDATE 1/11 2:45PM]- No settlement has been reached between WWNY/WNYF and DIRECTV, and it is likely it will not be settled before this weekend. DIRECTV viewers may want to make other plans for viewing NFL Playoff games this weekend. As noted below... we continue to broadcast over-the-air to antennas, to other service providers, and stream to CBS All-Access and HULU Live. In addition this weekend we will have banners on our website linking to CBS' streaming coverage of NCAA Basketball.
Contract negotiations between United Communications Corporation, owners of WWNY-TV and WNYF FOX-28, which permit DIRECTV to sell our programming on their service has reached an impasse. A contract extension which extended carriage during negotiations expired. Without a contract in place, WWNY/WNYF programming will be blacked out on DIRECTV.
United Communications President/Owner Lucy Brown noted, “United Communications is a small family-owned company whose focus has always been to serve the needs of their local viewers. It’s unfortunate that a large corporation like AT&T (DIRECTV), who profits from our programming, doesn’t appreciate the value of it.”
United Communication has been seeking an agreement for fair compensation and treatment, based on the value its programming brings to viewers, as well as the cost for us to bring local news, and programming from the CBS and FOX Networks. The two sides were essentially in agreement on fees, however, DIRECTV has asserted legal positions that United Communications Corporation cannot accept. United has successfully negotiated agreements with all other program providers. Those providers all felt that they were able to reach a fair deal with us while continuing to offer value to their subscribers.
Share Your Concern with DIRECTV
Your voice can make a difference. Call DIRECTV and demand they restore WWNY/WNYF programming. Here’s how: Call 1-800-531-5000
Q: What’s going on?
A: WWNY/WNYF and DIRECTV must renew the contract that allows DIRECTV to sell our programming to you. WWNY/WNYF presented several proposals for fair compensation, based on the value our programming brings you here in the North Country, as well as our cost of acquiring programming from the CBS and FOX networks.
Q: Why is this happening with Directv?
A: Directv does not seem to value the relationship they have with their paying customers, as WWNY/WNYF has carriage agreements with every other programming provider in the market.
Q: I have heard DIRECTV say that WWNY/WNYF is demanding a big fee increase, which would lead to higher bills. Is that true?
A: Actually the two sides were essentially in agreement on fees, however, DIRECTV has asserted legal positions that WWNY/WNYF cannot accept.
BTW, WWNY/WNYF has successfully negotiated agreements with all the other providers in our area. Those providers all felt that they were able to reach a fair deal with us while continuing to offer value to their subscribers. There is no reason why this negotiation with DIRECTV should be different.
Q: What can I do?
A: We value your loyalty as a WWNY/WNYF viewer, and we feel it’s important to make you aware of this situation. You pay to receive our programming; let DIRECTV know you need WWNY/WNYF by calling them at 1-800-531-5000.
Q: What can I do to avoid missing my favorite sports, news and shows?
A: You have choices. Many of our viewers can receive the WWNY/WNYF broadcast signal free, over the air, using a TV antenna*. WWNY/WNYF is also available on other video service providers in our area including DISH Network, Charter, and other local cable systems. Both WWNY & WNYF stream content on HULU Live, and WWNY is available on CBS All-Access.
WWNY-TV, Watertown (based out of Champion) serving a great portion of the north country. Channel 7.1 is WWNY's HDTV programming and channel 7.2 is WNYF FOX-28's widescreen programming.
WWNY-CD, Massena serves a good portion of St. Lawrence County (based out of S. Colton). Channel 28.1 is the WNYF FOX-28 widescreen programming and channel 28.2 is the HDTV programming of WWNY-TV.
WNYF-CD, Watertown (based out of Champion). Channel 28.1 serves a good portion of Jefferson and Lewis Counties with the programming of WNYF FOX-28 in HDTV on channel 28.1 and has MeTV on channel 28.2.