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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.
Cleaning Up ’Zombie Homes’
ELMIRA (WENY) -- A new legislative effort would require mortgage lenders to maintain so-called "zombie properties."
Mayors across several cities, including Elmira, are backing The proposal by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman that would make banks and other lenders responsible for homes that were abandoned after the start of a foreclosure.
15,000 properties in New York State are said to be zombie foreclosures.
These homes are often run down and are a burden on local governments.
Now, this new bill aims to clean up communities.
There's an attack on the zombies... Zombie properties that is.
Elmira Mayor Sue Skidmore and 15 other lawmakers are on board with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's Abandoned Property Neighborhood Relief Act
Making banks and lenders responsible for homes that were abandoned due to foreclosure.
"A house is foreclosed on and it goes through the procedures but the bank never takes the titles, so they called them zombies because they are not really alive and they're not really dead," said Mayor Skidmore.
Because of that, these home are in limbo, not owned by the bank or the person who handed over their deed.
Mayor Skidmore says taxpayers shouldn't be responsible for the upkeep of the zombie homes when they are devaluing neighboring properties and inviting crime in the community.
"If the state would say doesn't matter if the bank put their name on it," said Skidmore. "And that's what the bill says. It doesn't matter if they put their name on it. If the home is foreclosed, it's their responsibility."
Danny Eldiqran and his family just moved to Elmira 8 months ago.
They live right across the street from an abandoned home on west water street.
He says the building is an eye sore.
He hopes this new legislation passes because the home is troublesome for everyone.
"I support it," said Eldridran. "If it's to better the community. I'm for it."
Homeowners are legally allowed to stay in their homes until the forclosure is complete.
For more information you can call the statewide foreclosure hotline:
855-HOME-456 and visit http://www.aghomehelp.com/ to connect with organizations and agencies in their area that can provide foreclosure prevention services.