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.
Bear Hunting Season Changes
ELMIRA HEIGHTS (WENY) -- Changes are in effect for bear hunting season just days before recent sightings in Elmira Heights.
The number of black bears in New York State is increasing quickly, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation, and now it's changing hunting regulations to limit population growth.
The DEC says it's taken a conservative approach to bear management over the past 30 years. The population grew, as intended, and has spread throughout the state.
"I lived in this area all my life, and I hunt in the woods and all, but I haven't seen that many," said Ken Andrus, Shooting and Preserve Manager of the Chemung County Rod and Gun Club.
Two bears were spotted by neighbors in Elmira Heights by Grand Central Creamery on Wednesday morning.
"I saw one behind our Horseheads Fire Station and the fellas have, but they don't bother anybody. They just come up out of the swamp and go back in," said Andrus.
According to the Department of Conservation, the Finger Lakes don't typically see many black bears.
"In the areas south of the Finger Lakes, the bear population has been growing," said DEC Wildlife Biologist, Jeremy Hurst. "As it grows, they produce more cubs. Those cubs grow, disperse from their area and move into their own homes to find their own space."
They've found some homes here in the Finger Lakes.
To help prevent human-bear conflicts, the DEC has changed its Black Bear Management Plan:
- Establish bear hunting seasons in all of upstate New York (all counties north of New York City)
- Create a special early firearms season (Sept. 6 – Sept. 21) for bears in specific Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) in the Catskills and western Hudson Valley region
- Provide a uniform start date (Sept. 13) for bowhunting and early firearms bear season in the Northern Zone
The plan is was approved after the DEC received hundreds of public comments on the draft plan last Winter.
"The strategy that we're implementing, now with opening up hunting in larger areas, is to keep the population from expanding into those areas and allow the bear population to really stay in good numbers in areas where it's more suitable," said Hurst.
The final Bear Management Plan also includes scientific monitoring of populations and potentially expanding areas open to bear hunting.