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.
City Center Built with Local Jobs
Elmira city council makes it official giving a downtown federal building over to the Regional City Center Developer, clearing the way for him to get started on the project.
September 10, 2012
Elmira (WENY) - Elmira city council makes it official giving a downtown federal building over to the Regional City Center Developer, clearing the way for him to get started on the project. Continuing our coverage tonight on this big project for Elmira.
The city council made it official, and sold the federal building to Elmira Regional City Center LLC, the group created to facilitate the development of the new city center.
Developer Michael Elzufon was in the building and addressed the council. Elzufon wanted to let the council know he plans to use as many local workers as he can find to build the new city center, bringing new jobs to Elmira.
“He's promised us to use as much of the local talent as he can and we may not have enough people here. Isn't that amazing thought to have that we may not have enough people here,” says Elmira City Mayor Sue Skidmore.
“This is a project that I developed locally and it should be built local. Our general contractors architects ect. have all been charged with going out of their way to recruit local participation,” says Elzufon.
Michael Elzufon has become a legendary figure to the Elmira City Council. Swooping in and coming up with the idea that could save the city from a stagnant economy. One of the properties he is looking to fix with local workers is the old federal building. The city gave the property away at one time. It was then donated back later and since then its just been sitting vacant.
“We've used it for storage and we thought we could use it for police headquarters and we've had developers come in and look at the property and we've just never got past that step.”
The city took some “Restore New York” money and put it towards fixing the federal building in the hope a developer would become interested. That's when Michael Elzufon came in with the idea for the Elmira City Center Project.
“His ideas are grandious but her certainly got the background the wherewithal and the financial stability to make it happen so we are very excited about this. Our portion of this is basically selling the federal building, getting the plans and closing Gray street the rest of it is up to him,” says Skidmore.
Project leaders are waiting to hear back from the state to see if they win a state grant worth more than $5 million.