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
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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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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.
The building at 1131 Lake Street in Elmira used to be the home of Lovell’s Drug Store and soda counter, but since it closed, it’s deteriorated into a drug house and safety hazard.
August 27, 2012
Elmira (WENY) - The building at 1131 Lake Street in Elmira used to be the home of Lovell's Drug Store and soda counter, but since it closed, it's deteriorated into a drug house and safety hazard. Today demolition crews were on scene to tear it down and so were about a dozen people who turned the demolition into a celebration. Lovell's first showed up in the Elmira business directory in 1901and became a neighborhood landmark when it started selling ice cream. Bob McConnell owns McConnell 's Hots across the street, says in the 60's and 70's people would go for the old fashioned Ice cream sodas
“I'm a little bit sad but progress, and the building was really run down and people were going in there and doing things they shouldn't have been doing so it was kind of an eye sore and it really had to go,” says McConnell.
Rocco Picarazzi the Director of Elmira's Code Enforcement says the demolition is part of a city wide effort to get rid of problem buildings.
“I spruces up the neighborhoods, they are eye sore properties people around them are all upset with people going in and out but they are just dilapidated for a number of years, and people want their neighborhoods cleans up.”
Pastor Bobby Smith from Shabach Tabernacle, which sits right next door, says the old building was a haven for drug users.
“I understand about the history behind it but its also been a hindrance. It's been a hindrance to a number of us.”
With the building down, the church can continue it's renovations, and may even get off street parking.
“Once are twice I can remember going in and sitting down and everybody sharing a spoonful of an ice cream soda so it's not like I haven't been there, but we need that building down; and guess what that building is coming down,” says Smith.
The city also knocked down three other run down buildings over the past week. Crews will take down one more as soon as they finish on Lake Street.