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.
Fixing First Arena Fast
In an agreement made last week, Elmira Downtown Arena, the company that operates first arena, was ordered to pay $18,000 monthly and maintain the arena for the Jackals.
October 5, 2012
Elmira (WENY) - In an agreement made last week, Elmira Downtown Arena, the company that operates first arena, was ordered to pay $18,000 monthly and maintain the arena for the Jackals.
After an inspection Tuesday, there were plenty of problems found that must be fixed within 10 days or else EDA must pay a penalty. He does have an idea about how he is going to fix all the problems in the building, but whether the repairs will be made before the ten day deadline is up in the air. ELM Arena LLC which is owned by local businessman tom freeman had the building examined, and found a list of problems that need to be addressed.
Some of the biggest problems include, one of the three ice compressors are not working, a sewer pipe under the locker rooms is cracked and the fire alarm system sometimes sounds false alarms.
First Arena General manager Matt Huffnagle says other problems like hot and cold water in the showers and a few broken doors have already been fixed. Tom Freeman says in a statement that although there is a ten day limit, he understands if something takes more time to fix. and ELM Arena LLC would be understanding.
“It's incorrect to think that everything has to be fixed in ten days what it says if something is in ten days then it has to be looked into,” says Huffnagle. “Some things it would be impossible to fix in ten days and I think everybody understands that as well, but first we have to identify things and look into them.”
Of course the message here is there will be Jackals hockey and Matt assures me that the arena is safe.