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.
County Landfill Smelling up Town
Since 2005 the Chemung County landfill has worked exactly how it is supposed to, no smell, no mess, until recently.
Chemung (WENY) - Since 2005 the Chemung County landfill has worked exactly how it is supposed to, no smell, no mess, until recently. Neighbors say it's started to stink in the last few months, and worry a serious increase in tonnage will make it worse. Right now the landfill hold 180,000 tons of garbage. The company running the landfill, and the county have applied to more than double to tonnage to 400,000 tons. It's a part of life we often forget. Just put the bag of garbage out on the curb and in the morning its gone, never to be smelled again. For the people living in the town of Chemung, that smell is becoming part of life. Joe Donovan lives just east of the Landfill and says he is against a plan to increase the capacity.
“The landfill and the garbage is everybody's problem but nobody wants it in their yard. Well we have it in our yard,” says Donovan. “It's like a strong methane gas or coal gas it's a really rotten smell. your getting the mixtures of methane that's odorless but whatever pushes through, you're smelling whatever the garbage is, it isn't good.”
Chemung town supervisor George Richter has no problem with more-than-doubling the landfill's capacity, as long as the company controls the smell.
“The neighbors should not be expected to live with this with no long term resolution in place. I have not seen any plan that has been put into place,” says Richter.
Casella Waste Management has put in a request to increase the amount of garbage the landfill can hold to 400,000 tons.
“It's one thing to be aware its one thing to say you're going to work on a solution. I'm a results oriented person, We need to see long term demonstrated results and a solution to this problem and this off site odor impacts,” says Richter.
“The truck traffic and what not will concern me with the school buses and stuff coming back and forth, but the main problem is the odor and what's going to happen to our community,” says Donovan.
Donovan says he has smelled the garbage up to two miles away at the Lowman Crossover.