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.
ECSD Tackles Bullying
ELMIRA (WENY) - After a string of alleged bullying incidents in the Elmira City School District that came to light this year, the district is taking a deeper look into its policy and procedures.
The board of Education has voted to form an Anti- Bullying committee, to enhance communication between students and parents.
This newly developed council is looking to promote ethical behavior among members of the school community.
The board plans to research sustainable programs they hope will work for the district.
In a statement to WENY News, Superintendent Hillary Austin said..
"Anything that we can do to support an open dialogue will be supportive and helpful to our students and families."
Back in May, we brought you the story of Sharon Walburn and her son Tyler, a student at Hendy Elementary, who allegedly received a concussion from being bullied on school property.
She says this committee is long overdue.
"We're hoping that it's a committee of parents that understands the whole situation of their child being bullied that knows how frustrating it can be to put a stop to it," said Walburn.
Walburn says, she and other parents have been pushing the school district to openly take a stance on anti-bullying to protect their students.
"I feel that something needs to come out and be there for these parents and these children that are going through so much on a daily basis," said Walburn.
And the district is doing just that.
Wednesday night, the decision was made to put together an anti-bullying council.
Being in its early stages, the co chairs of the newly proposed council need to outline who will serve on the committee and their goals.
"The multipurpose will be to look at all of the circumstances that we have experienced in the Elmira City School District and what other districts our size and our demographic are experiencing," said Lynn Grottenthaler, Elmira City School Board Member.
In upcoming weeks, the anti bullying council will choose who will serve on the board and key goals to be approved by the board of education.