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.
Burglaries Down, Concerns Remain
CHEMUNG COUNTY (WENY) -- At least 15 businesses throughout Chemung County have been broken into since last month. That includes Pure Beauty in Horseheads, Bernie Murray's on the Southside, and Tag's in Big Flats.
These burglaries have got state police, the sheriff's office, and local police agencies working together. They are still investigating, and patrolling the area. Neighbors and business owners say they're keeping their eyes out too.
"Oh it's getting worse, like every Summer it's just going to get worse. In my opinion," says lifelong Elmira resident, Marty Gorvino.
A few businesses on Maple Avenue including Uncle Jack's were hit the span of just a couple of days. The popular pub, Bernie Murray's was one of the targeted businesses too.
Gorvino thinks the burglers are targeting local shops. "Why take from a bigger business when you can get a bunch of little businesses that would equal the same amount, you know what I mean?"
Just down the road from Bernie Murray's, owner of AG-N-Power, Chad Schlemmer says the burglaries are really making him worry.
"It's not good," says Schlemmer. "Police really need to do something and be on the lookout or maybe do a little more patrolling to protect us businesses because when we're gone what's going to be left on the Southside?"
His shop has been around for about 5 years and he says he's never seen so many burglaries in such a short time span.
According to the FBI, there were 85 burglaries in Chemung county in all of 2011 (The latest figures available). That's about 7 burglaries per month reported by the Sheriff's Office. Just in the month of September this year, 15 businesses were robbed.
Pure Beauty in Horsheheads was one. owner, Michelle Fairchild is still waiting for answers.
" I'm in shock that they haven't found the person yet," says Fairchild. "I feel like it's been about 3 and a half weeks and it's pretty shocking to know that that person is still out there. I hope they're not targeting other businesses."
Anyone with information is asked to call the Chemung County Sheriff's Criminal Investigation Division, at 607-737-2933.