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.
Jackals 2012- 2013 Season A Go
The County Executive reached an agreement to keep Elmira's Pro Hockey team in town for one more year.
May 30, 2012
Elmira (WENY) - The 2012 2013 jackals hockey season is a go. The first arena soap opera isn't over, but some good news came down for jackals fans. The county, property owners and management team say they have an agreement. It will keep the arena operating until the end of the next ECHL season. Jackals fans are excited about the news, and so are downtown business owners. The Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli says the agreement is only temporary.
“One thing that has become apparent to us over the past 5 or years the fire system wasn't even on or operational during any event at the arena and we're not going to live that again.”
A memorandum of understanding between the County, Jackals ownership, and Southern Tier Economic Development will keep pro Hockey in Elmira for another year. The agreement gives the county oversight privileges to make sure First arena is run properly during litigation. Although its temporary it helps keeps business moving.
“We hope for Elmira and for this area and especially for downtown that jackals do stay because its going to bring a lot of revenue to here it will make the city want to put a lot of money into downtown so that's what we're looking for.”
“We're going to be there as often as needed to make sure that all agreements are being followed and lived up to,” says Santulli.
In the end its fans like Renee Gosslin, that are the most excited.
“Going over there and being in the atmosphere with the cotton candy and everything it makes you feel like your in a whole different world,” says Renee.
Marcia Metcalfe is also from Elmira. She says Jackals hockey is a community event.
“It seats 5 thousand and we sell 5 thousand almost every game people want the jackals here and I think people would be crushed if we lost them.”
The County executive says the county will start looking for new owners by October. This agreement runs out one day after the jackals season ends.