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.
Clearing Clogged Drains
Heavy rains and high-speed winds are heading for the Twin Tiers and county leaders are asking people to do one simple chore to help the city of Elmira avoid possible flooding tomorrow
September 17, 2012
Elmira (WENY) - Heavy rains and high-speed winds are heading for the Twin Tiers and county leaders are asking people to do one simple chore to help the city of Elmira avoid possible flooding tomorrow. The National Weather Service in Binghamton says there is a possibility of urban flooding tomorrow, so Chemung County leaders are warning neighbors in Elmira to do their part. It's pretty easy and all you need is a rake. Chemung County Emergency Management Director Mike Smith says clearing storm drains of fallen leaves and debris from the tornado in July could help keep drivers safe.
“The issue is because of the tornado and the amount of debris that got scattered all over the streets in the town and all over the city is that a lot of storm drains are plugged up,” says Smith.
If you are walking down the street and you see a storm drain that looks like this, don't be surprised if there is some flooding on your street. It's really easy to clean up all you need is a rake.
“If people have a moment it would be very helpful if people could take a rake and go out and rake that stuff away from the storm drain and up into their yards because it doesn’t do any good to rake it into the street or up the street because it will wash right in and that should help a great deal with any ponding we might have.”
Ponding can be very dangerous and cause serious accidents. Water that ponds on the side of the road because of minor flooding can lead to cars hydroplaning and could cause accidents.
“This is mainly going to be a beneficial rain for us he in the twin tiers. Problem is when we get some thunderstorms that come through we will get some quick heavy bursts of rain in some spots and that can lead to some urban and poor drainage flooding issues,” says WENY -TV Chief Metorologist Joe Veres.
“Obviously we got kids walking to school and we don't want them wading that’s not appropriate if we get the water off its much easier for them,” says Smith.
With the rains coming tomorrow, flooding might not be the only problem, as power outages could be possible.