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.
Gun Scare at Southside High School
ELMIRA (WENY) -- Reports of a gunman in the Southside High School had students and parents fearing for their safety and sent the high school into lockdown mode at 9:30am.
Now three teens face charges.
According to the Chemung County Sheriff's office, a 14-year-old has been charged with menacing for pointing a gun at another student.
A 15-year-old is charged with unlawful possession of a weapon by a person under 16. The third student, 16-year-old Devon Torres, will be charged as an adult for menacing.
Hunter Hansen, a senior at Southside was on his way to school when he received a call from his friend in the building.
"She called me freaking out, she was like OMG, theres a bunch of cop cars and our school is on lockdown," said Hansen. "I was like why? And she said someone brought a gun in."
Fortunately, What was thought to be a gun, was actually an air pistol and no students were injured.
The Chemung County Sheriff's Office and New York State Police stayed on scene to secure the building.
Police were able to resolve the situation and the lockdown was lifted around 11:30am.
Tammy Phillips received a text message from her son about what was happening inside.
"I texted him and asked him if he was okay and that's why i'm here today because even though it's done and over with , i'm here to pick him up to make sure he is okay," says Phillips.
Not knowing much about the situation, she was upset that she was not notified by the school.
"A lot of this has been happening everywhere lately and it's getting ridiculous," says Phillips.
Investigators say the 16-year-old student, Devon Torres, had pointed the air pistol at a student the day before.
The two juveniles were in Chemung County Family Court today, Torres was arraigned in the Town of Southport Court.