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 1-800-894-9131.
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 1-800-894-9131.
Chemung County Worries About Fracking Waste
ELMIRA (WENY) - We may not have fracking in New York State, but a few local organizations are concerned its effects are making their way to our area.
People for a Healthy Environment, INC., Chemung County Alliance, Elmirans & Friends Against Fracking, Residents for the Preservation of Lowman & Chemung and concerned community members held a rally before the Chemung County Legislature's meeting Tuesday night.
At the rally, Doug Couchon, a founding member of People for A Healthy Environment introduced a new map of New York State that pinpoints communities where fracking infrastructure projects exist that they believe are causing pollution and other health-compromising risks.
Anti-Fracking activists said Chemung County is on that map because the legislature wants to expand the landfill to accommodate fracking waste.
People are concerned because they said this material is radioactive and harmful to our health and environment.
However, the county said this expansion proposal is still under environmental review, and needs to be approved by the Department of Environmental Conservation.
The county also said it is not fracking waste, it's only soil.
The anti-fracking activists don't agree.
"The stuff coming up from the Marcellus shale is not soil," Couchon said, "It's pulverized rock laced with heavy metals and other stuff including the radioactivity."
"Do you know how disheartening that is to hear?" Colleen Boland, a member of Elmirans & Friends Against Fracking said. "After 9 months of people going up to the microphone, people from Chemung County, out of Chemung County, experts on this, experts on geology, experts on radioactivity, and they come back and continue to say it's just soil...they haven't heard a thing."
The organizations say they are concerned the drill cuttings and toxic materials will seep into the Chemung River and contaminate our drinking water and environment.
"The science is out there." Boland said. "When you go down a mile in the earth, you're dealing with radioactive elements and heavy metals, they're not meant to be disturbed. We're disturbing them, we're bringing them up. Do they dissipate when they come up? No, they don't. They're right there, and they're in little drill cuttings and they come to New York and they go to our landfill then they go to our water treatment facility...it's insanity."
The members of the local organization told us that they just want feedback from the legislature. Because after 9 months of public comments at meetings, and hundreds of written statements, they want to know the legislature heard their concerns before it's too late.