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.
Caroling For Inmates
ELMIRA---(WENY) Members of the Lake Street Presbyterian church in Elmira made it their holiday mission Tuesday night to spread a bit of Christmas Cheer to everyone.
Following Christmas Eve service, members of the congregation walked from the church to the Chemung County jail, singing 'Joy To The World'.
This is the first year the church has ever done something like this, but minister Juhura Shazer says its their way of getting the message of Christmas to everybody, free or not. Minister Shazer said, "I do jail ministry as part of our outreach at Lake Street Presbyterian and we had a testimony from an inmate last season."
Lay Pastor Priscilla Andrews recalls the time saying, "An inmate watched our lights come on Christmas Eve. He came a couple of Sundays later and said, I wanted to find that church."
That sparked a connection the Lake Street Presbyterian has kept with the inmates at the Chemung County jail ever since. Minister Shazer says it's an important part of coming together as a community and making the church's presence known.
And, with so many participants in this year's Christmas Carol at the Chemung County Jail, it's a gesture that's sure to become a tradition for the Lake Street Presbyterian Church for years to come.
Pastor Andrews said, "Between the two of us we said, let's share our light. We end with Silent Night and it's sort of quiet. Let's go out and spread our joy."