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.
Elmira Crime Spurt
Elmira (WENY) -- This morning's attempted robbery at an Express Mart and a hatchet attack on a trespasser on Fulton Street contribute to a week full of an unusually high number of crimes. The week started with a man getting shot in the head at Hathorn Court. Then Wednesday night, shots were fired on Walnut Street. And this morning, an Elmira man greeted a suspect at his door with a hatchet, and someone else tried to rob a convenience store.
Captain Joe Kain of Elmira Police Department said none of these crimes are related, and sometimes, communities just experience random highs and lows. But overall, Kain said people shouldn't be too worried.
"Right now, the Elmira Police Department is experiencing one of those upswings of crimes," said Kain. "There's no rhyme or reason behind it, it's just something that happens."
At 1:30 a.m. today, 30-year-old Marquise Merrill wandered -- drunk -- into the wrong house on Fulton street. The homeowner thought someone was breaking in and sliced Merrill's arm and hand with a hatchet. Merrill was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing.
Then just after 3 a.m., someone else tried to rob the Express Mart on Maple Ave.
People in Elmira today have mixed feelings about the recent crime spurt.
"I worry about the people that I know that live in Elmira," said Carol Barrett, who used to live in Elmira.
"I don't feel scared walking the streets of Elmira," said resident Katlynn Taylor.
"I feel like it's a safe community," added Chuck Dygert.
Police say they take all crime very seriously and ask the community for help, too.
"We're trying to put the extra patrols out there, put an end to these and make arrests out of it," said Kain. "But we also need public assistance in any witnesses coming forward to help us with it."
Kain said detectives are still investigating the shootings from earlier this week, and they're still looking for a witness to this morning's attempted robbery.