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 Water Challenge For Cancer
ELMIRA (WENY) -- People across the country are accepting this new social media challenge called the 24 Hour Cold Water Challenge.
Some are doing it for fun and others to support cancer.
But some officials are concerned that people are putting themselves in danger.
"It was very personal for me at the time," said A'Don Allen, who accepted the challenge. "So, the water was freezing cold but I would do it again."
Suffering for a moment for those suffering with cancer.
Allen and his wife Michelle accepted the challenge for a close friend battling cancer.
When nominated, the nominee has 24 - hours to jump into any cold body of water or donate money to a cancer charity of their choice.
Michelle used this challenge as a teaching method for her cheerleaders at Elmira Express.
They jumped and donated to the Susan G. Komen foundation.
"For them, anytime they can raise awareness on any subject, by doing group funny, crazy or wild. It's always a good thing," said Michelle.
The challenge may be for a good cause but officials say jumping in large bodies of water can be very dangerous.
"Add in the cold water that zaps all your energy," said Jim Pfiffer, Executive Director of Friends of The Chemung River Watershed. "That's a recipe for death."
Pfiffer says raising money for cancer is important but being safe should be the top priority.
One person in Michigan was hospitalized after jumping in shallow water when participating in this challenge.
"It's nice to be creative but boy is that dangerous," said Pfiffer. "Especially if you're doing it without trained personnel around or someone to pull you out."
Those who have participated in the challenge say safety is important.
Some Southern Tier Cold Water Challengers are having a fundraiser for those who don't want to jump.
"So far they raised, 18- hundred dollars in less than five days," said Kelly Nichols.
"It is endorsed by the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and they are the umbrella organization," said Henry Stoll. "They accept all of the fundraising. This is just a local version"
Her friend Cassie Stone, saw the challenge on social media and decided to go on booster.com and create "I survived the 24 - Hour Cold Water Challenge" shirts. All proceeds go to cancer charities.
Stone and other supporters are putting on a fundraiser in Lindley, New york on May 24th at the Green Shingles. There will be music and raflfles. A portion of the proceeds will go to charity.
Here is the link to the Cold Water T-shirt. https://www.booster.com/24hourcoldwater
*Kelly Nichols (correction in video)