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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.
If you would like to learn more about local television and what can be done to help, please visit
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.
Chemung Co. SPCA Changes Directions
ELMIRA (WENY) -- The Chemung County SPCA wants to change the focus of its mission, no longer interested in providing dog control or investigating reports of animal cruelty.
Elmira City Council will vote on Monday for the city's Animal Control to pick up services that the SPCA provided. They already provide services for a majority of the county. If a resolution is passed, this will add Baldwin, Big Flats, Erin, and Veteran to the list.
"One of the most difficult things we see at the shelter is when people have to surrender their animals, and we see this all the time," said Tom Geroy, Chemung County SPCA Executive Director.
The SPCA has had waiting lists of up to 100 pets to shelter that people just can't look after anymore. The amount of surrendered pets, oftentimes more than the amount of strays they take in.
"Our mission is going to shift toward owned animals in the community and keeping them in their homes
Simply put, the SPCA says, providing dog control and humane services was too expensive, contracts from the county and local municipalities didn't even come close to covering their costs
"The City of Elmira and Elmira's City Animal Control can do a good job of enforcing the humane laws within the county," said Craig Spencer, Director, Animal Control.
Like they did with the SPCA in the past, Chemung County will continue to cover the cost of these services-- totaling $25,000.
Despite expanding services, Spencer says no additional employees will be hired, but they'll be able to handle the additional workload.
If the resolution is approved at City Council on Monday, Spencer says these services can begin as soon as July.