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 Up Shabach
Shabach Tabernacle on Lake street in Elmira has been under renovations for more than 6 years. This week it’s leaders reached a goal that’s going to help a lot of people in the community.
August 16, 2012
Elmira (WENY) - Shabach Tabernacle on Lake street in Elmira has been under renovations for more than 6 years. This week it's leaders reached a goal that's going to help a lot of people in the community. A brand spanking new soup kitchen. In the past, the church has been feeding the hungry only on holidays, but now it can reach out to people all year long.
“Everything is brand new. All the walls, all the sheet rock, all the wiring, everything is brand new in this entire building; everything,” says Natasha Smith the First Lady of the congregation.
Since 2008 Shabach Tabernacle on Lake Street in Elmira has been completely transformed. The man behind the transformation is a well known figure in the community Pastor Bobby Smith. He and his family have made it their goal to fix the church. On Wednesday the church got its certification from the Department of Environment to become a fully operational soup kitchen.
“The need from the community and other counties has really driven us because if there hasn't been a need we wouldn't press so hard,” says Bobby.”
The building is over a century old and with the renovations like a ramp and the new soup kitchen it's starting to look like new inside and out. Since Sunday it's even started to sound like new.”
For the first time in more than 70 years, Bells are ringing from the tower. A Caroline chime box was donated to the church, bringing music to the congregation and the community. Pastor Smith says it was an amazing feeling to hear the music coming from the church.
“We were all outside on the street Sunday morning at 11 o’clock. People were crying and it was a joyful time and we were all looking up amazed saying wow look how far we've come and we got a sound coming from the bell tower.”
“To be able to preach gods word and to also feed people when they're hungry it just completes what we're here to do and what our ministry is all about,” says Natasha.
Pastor Smith says the soup kitchen will be ready for business starting in October.