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 in Court
Arena cases go to court.
Chemung County (WENY) - The operators of First Arena went to court to argue that Chemung County illegally took the Arena. County leaders say they did everything in their legal power to assure the future of the Jackals home Ice. Chemung County Judge Judith O'Shea heard two cases involving first arena this afternoon. Elmira Downtown Arena LLC, the management company running first arena is fighting Chemung county and the arena's former general manager Robbie Nichols. The judge did not decide either case today. The judge will make a decision about both cases in about a week. As of right now both sides feel confident they presented strong cases.
Jackals' Team President, Tamer Afr made an appearance in the courtroom today.
“If everybody wants hockey then tell the legislature its your building its your community.”
He and his company Elmira Downtown Arena LLC are claiming the county broke the law by not allowing there company to buy-back the Arena after foreclosure.
Bryan Maggs the Chemung Co. Attorney says the county attorney believes the Chemung County Legislature had to deny the request.
“We have an arena with over 8 million dollars of public money into it and we want to make sure the arena is run properly the public has spoken pretty loudly and is upset about how the arena has been run and the legislature wants to look at what options it might have to sell it back to STED.”
It was the first time the county refused repurchase money. The Jackals former General Manager Robbie Nichols was also defending is case today. The Afr's and Elmira Downtown Arena LLC claim Nichols is using information he accumulated while running the jackals to solicit sponsors for his wife's baseball team, the Elmira Pioneers.
“I've been in sports for the past 45 years of my life so you learn a lot just like you guys are experts in the news so if I got some knowledge in my brain I don't know ho I can take it out and leave it.” Says Nichols.
If judge O'Shea rules in favor of Elmira Downtown Arena the county will have to accept the repurchase money.