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.
Local Home Improvement Store Participates In Mannequin Challenge
ELMIRA (WENY)-- A local home improvement store is participating in an internet sensation. Valu Home Center's version of The Mannequin Challenge has garnered more attention than first expected. In just a few short hours, the video had thousands of views.
"What started off small went big. We were challenged by The Office for ten thousand views in a 24 hour period, and in less than three hours we were over ten thousand," says Assistant Store Manager Brett Gardner and Store Manager Andy Hakes.
The challenge originated sometime in October of 2016 by high school students in Florida. The goal is to strike a pose and hold it while the camera records everyone participated in it. Now, it's made it's way across the nation with various versions.
"We saw the mannequin challenge go big and we thought why don't we try this at Value, it will be fun. Two days worth of prep time and we were able to make it as big as it is now which is awesome," the managers explain.
The Value Home Centers crew stayed late after closing to film this video. Two takes and half an hour later, the video was complete. The managers at the store say it's what everybody's talking about
"I don't even know if we can get them to work, all they want to do is talk about the Mannequin Challenge which is fun, but it's awesome. I mean we have customers come in and say hey great job with the video and it puts a smile on their face every time they hear it," says Hakes and Gardner.
To view the full Value Home Centers Mannequin Challenge video, you can visit their Facebook page by clicking on this link: https://www.facebook.com/valuhomecenters/