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.
No More Cuts to Athletics at ECSD
With teachers being laid off, the ECSD Board decides more cuts to athletics is not the answer.
ELMIRA (WENY) -- The Elmira City School District Board of Education will not cut the district's athletics program any further to save teacher positions and programs being cut in next year's budget.
The athletics presentation by Superintendent Joe Hochreiter Wednesday night was short, with no discussion from Board members.
In April, board members asked Hochreiter to present them with scenarios to cut athletics and use that money to bring back some of the teachers who are in line to lose their jobs.
Wednesday night, Hochreiter said 1,500 students participate in athletics and the board seemed satisfied with that amount.
Since last year, athletics have sustained the merging of the high school sports teams and more than $400,000 in cuts.
"There will still be athletics. Will it be every program from two years ago? Probably not, but there will be the opportunity for participation," says Hochreiter.
Hochreiter says 15 teaching positions will be saved if the public approves the 5% property tax levy increase.
In April, the Board of Education voted to surpass the 2% property tax cap to reduce the amount of lay offs, which as of late April, stood at 126 positions.
The tax increase requires the approval of 60 percent of the May 15th public vote.