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.
First Arena’s New Owner
Chemung County is getting out of the hockey arena business, making way for a local businessman to take ownership of First Arena.
July 24, 2012
Horseheads (WENY) - Chemung County is getting out of the hockey arena business, making way for a local businessman to take ownership of First Arena. Tom Freeman owns First Air and several real estate companies. He reached an agreement with key bank to take ownership of first arena. The arena's former management still owns the jackals. New owner Tom Freeman has a long history with First Arena. He was the first businessman to invest $1 million dollars for the naming rights. The agreement transfers ownership from a non-profit, which puts the arena back on the tax rolls providing revenue to city schools. The arena is also fully insured and has an operational fire alarm system. The agreement also ends all litigation surrounding the arena. The County Executive Tom Santulli says he's excited about the move.
“The county was never interested in making any money in the deal from the foreclosure process. We were interested in reinvestment into the facility. The facility needs work both internally and externally and Tom has committed himself to do that.”
Right now, there's a three year agreement for the Jackals to stay in Elmira. Freeman is also in talks with Elmira College to play some home hockey games at the arena.