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.
Cold Start to Spring
ELMIRA (WENY) -- Spring has sprung, but you couldn't tell by the looks of it here in the Twin Tiers.
Liza Pariso, is gearing up to get her yard ready for full bloom. She's living in her late grandmother's house and the garden was very important to her.
"My dad and I just moved in here not too long ago and now we're excited to make it look beautiful again like she would have wanted," said Pariso. "So, it's going to be really special."
But that could be a little while. The ground is still frozen and more snow is to come.
"We have a lot of work ahead of us," said Pariso.
Meantime, at the Horseheads Do it Center, their shelves are stocked with fertilizer, seeds, and lawn decorations waiting for the sun to come.
"It was a little warmer around this time last year, we didn't get this unfortunate cold snap," said Max Bernhard, of the Do It Center. "We're hoping it'll pick up. It's been a little slow as of now, but eventually it should pick up."
It's a similar story at Floral Beauty in Elmira. Karl Vonderheyde says the weather has not been working in their favor. He says there hasn't been a lot of sunlight into their greenhouses.
"Like everyone else, we were hoping that within the last couple of weeks that was it and here we go again," said Vonderheyde. "I think we were all running around in shorts and t-shirts around this time last year."
But this year, things are a little different. Vonderheyde says they've spent three times more on heating compared to last Winter.
"Normally, the trend is people want to buy early. Hopefully this year, people will hold off. We do have a lot of orders coming in," said Vonderheyde "You're not going to be able to put anything in the ground right now."
He says it's a good idea to wait until Mid-May to plant flowers. For Vegetables he says to probably don't want to plant anything until after Memorial Day.