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.
Big Flats Shared Services Agreement
BIG FLATS---(WENY) Big Flats Town Supervisor, Ed Fairbrother and Chemung County Executive, Tom Santulli announced a shared services pilot agreement they say will save tax payers over $100,000.00.
Santulli called it a new era as he and Fairbrother signed an agreement to share highway services and restructure the Big Flats Public Works Department.
Under the agreement, Chemung County Department of Public Works Commissioner, Andy Avery will also act as the Big Flats DPW Commissioner at no additional cost to the town.
There is a 12 month evaluation period under the agreement to give the commissioner time to look for ways to eliminate duplicate services and stream line government, by reducing costs and being more efficient.
Fairbrother says the town has now doubled their resources. He says, "Andy has just been a great guy to work with to make sure that everything works out. That we get the best bang for our buck which has been nothing this year, thank you. It's only smart reality that we do this. Business has been doing this for years, why not government."
Santulli also commented, saying, "What today's about is the Town of Big Flats and the County of Chemung coming together for highway services. For the county, this won't save us money, but it does to the taxpayer, because the same tax payer pays the county tax and the town tax. So, it's what we should be doing."
Santulli also says that he hopes the shared services agreement the county used to have with the City of Elmira will be rekindled sometime in the future.