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.
New Elmira Brewery Opens
Craft beer enthusiasts have a new place to try some local brews. Upstate Brewing Company will hold a soft opening at its brewery on Lake Road in Elmira tomorrow.
June 28, 2012
Elmira (WENY) - Craft beer enthusiasts have a new place to try some local brews. Upstate Brewing Company will hold a soft opening at its brewery on Lake Road in Elmira tomorrow. The microbrewery has a brew house and a tasting room, and will sell drafts and growlers. The beer will also be available in several local restaurants. The co-owners Mark Neumann and Ken Mortenson went to Horseheads High School together, and started brewing at home in 1995 before starting their own business.
“I look at this industry similar to the wineries back in the 1980s and early 1990s where there was just a few that was starting to pop up and within 10 years 20 years its exploded and we have well over a hundred wineries,” says Mortenson.
“Our hope is that it grows and we can either add on here or find a new place and just keep growing. Just like a lot of the brewers we look up to like Sam Adams, Oscar Blues places like that,” says Neumann.
Upstate brewing company's ribbon cutting for its grand opening is July 21st.