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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Elmirans Rally to Preserve Library’s History
ELMIRA (WENY) -- A change of a Historic name in Elmira, has neighbors concerned. This past Fall, Steele Memorial Library in Elmira, was changed to "Central Library."
The Library has historic roots and some Elmirans are upset about the name change.
"I think it's important in any community, but especially a small town like ours to preserve the names of the people who built our community," said Donna Homuth. "And central could be anywhere, it's generic."
It's a fear of forgetting the past, for some local Elmirans. The library was named and built in honor of Elmira scholar and former Elmira Free Academy principal, Dorman Steele by his wife, Esther.
Wounded and weak after serving as an officer in the Civil War, Dorman died after falling ill.
"This woman gave this money to honor her husband, they were both educators, which gives them an interesting background for this kind of a building," said Lynne Brewer.
Meantime, Ron Shaw, Executive Director of the Chemung County Library District, says the name change shows that this is the central library for the Chemung County Library District and Southern Tier Library System.
"To market it as such is in no way disrespect to Mr. Steele," said Shaw. "The name is on the building."
Shaw found historic documents from centuries ago in the library as well.
"I've gone through the effort to have them reframed in archival framing and glass so that we can have them displayed in the the main reading area and the auditorium," said Shaw.
He says there is archival material displayed in the building that relates to the building and hopes to change that. Shaw has plans to display these things among others to explain the importance of who Dorman Steele was.