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.
Touring the Damage
The tour continued in Elmira with the commissioners from the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, and the Office of Emergency Management.
July 27, 2012
Elmira (WENY) - The tour continued in Elmira with the commissioners from the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, and the Office of Emergency Management. They both got a first hand look at the damage. Commissioner Jerome Hauer says the state will be in Elmira as long as it takes to get the city back on its feet, but after seeing power out through the city he also said he wasn't happy with NYSEG.
“DOT can do a great job clearing trees but they cant touch power lines that are down,” says Hauer.
The sky is much calmer today over Elmira, but on the ground another storm is brewing. Commissioner Hauer isn't happy with the way NYSEG is handling the disaster in Elmira.
“Particularly with elderly shut-ins this has a big impact on them and we cant wait for a utility to figure out how to get their act in gear.”
During a tour of a damage, some street lights were still out. More than 13,000 people are without power in Chemung County, and for the commissioner that's unacceptable.
“I've got a call into the president of NYSEG and I’m a little disappointed at the response from NYSEG.”
But no need to wait for a call back, Mark Lynch the president of NYSEG, was at the press conference to answer his concerns.
“We appreciate the opportunity to serve this community and our people live here. This is our community as well as your community and we will do everything we can to restore power as quick as possible.”
The city mayor Sue Skidmore says not even a tornado will stop Elmira from coming back stronger than ever.
“You know here we are we're on an upswing and everything is starting to look good. We have some projects in the worked and I'll be damned if I let this get me down. I'm going to rebuild this city and this is not going to stop me.”
NYSEG should have more than 80% of the damage assessed by the end of today. The president of NYSEG says power should be restored to 90% of the homes by Sunday Night.