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.
Concessions Could Save ECSD Jobs
ECSD Superintendent Joe Hochreiter says the only way to save teaching positions in the district is with concessions from the Elmira Teacher’s Association.
ELMIRA (WENY) – Facing 111/5 teacher layoffs in next year's school budget, Elmira Superintendent Joe Hochreiter says teacher concessions are the district's last remaining hope to saving jobs.
The districts other two unions -- the administrators group and the cafeteria maintenance group -- have already agreed to concessions. But the Elmira Teacher's Association is holding firm.
The 2012-2013 proposed budget that included a 5 percent property tax levy increase failed to reach a 60% “super majority,” which is needed under Governer Cuomo's property tax cap. The public vote held on May 15th only reached 54.5% approval.
On June 19th, voters will head to the polls again to vote on a new budget that does not surpass the property tax cap, but will likely include more layoffs.
Hochreiter says he's willing to sign a legal agreement with the Elmira Teacher's Association, outlining the number of restored jobs that would come with the union's concessions.
"Every single dollar, penny, what have you, that a union comes forward with in terms of concessions, salary freeze, controlling fixed costs for next year, we will use that money to maintain or restore positions,” says Hochreiter.
Hochreiter hopes if teacher's concessions are made, they come before the June 19th vote, but any concessions can still be agreed upon until the start of school in September.