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.
Band Uniforms For Elmira High School Students
ELMIRA---(WENY) Two school districts are working together to benefit local students for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year.
Thanks to the collaboration of the Corning Painted Post and Elmira City School Districts, this coming fall Elmira marching band students will be ready to hit the field with uniforms they can call their own.
The Elmira City School District was able to buy band uniforms from Corning Painted Post just in time for the consolidation of Elmira's high schools next year, saving them a ton of money.
The cost of brand new band uniforms for each student can cost upwards of $250.00 each. Times that by 20 or so, and you've got quite the bill.
Elmira City School District Superintendent Hillary Austin says, "It's a opportunity, not just for the students, but also for the school district to continue our focus on making financially responsible decision."
Corning-Painted Post Superintendent Mike Ginalski says it’s a perfect fit. He told WENY, "With the Elmira Express colors being Maroon and Black, it really works out quite well. And, fortunately the band unforms are actually in pretty good shape. so, i think you're going to see more collaboration between districts."
ECSD Superintendent Austin says she's appreciative of the opportunity to work with Corning Painted Post, and hopes this kind of shared services between school districts will continue in the future.