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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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 Ukranians Uncertain, Anxious
ELMIRA (WENY) -- Negotiations are still moving slowly in Ukraine, where government officials are trying to soothe demands in the Crimea peninsula. Meantime, here locally Ukrainians in the Twin Tiers are anxiously watching what's happening.
Gloria Misnick and Maria L'Amoreaux were both born in the US, but they have several friends and family living in the Ukraine.
"It's fantastic, the people are like family and they would give you the last thing they had if you needed it," said Gloria Misnick.
"It's the pearl of the region, the bread basket and we just want it to stay as it is, free," said Maria L'Amoreaux.
But bloodshed has tainted Gloria and Maria's fondest memories of their motherland. Both women have been in touch now, more than ever, with loved ones in the Ukraine.
"They are devastated, they do not want communism and they will not stand for it. They fought long and hard, enough is enough," said Misnick.
Their fears echo thoughts of former Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, who today compared Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions in Crimea to Adolf Hitler in the 1930's.
"It's not that the word Russia scares them so much, it's just going back to Communism, they were communist once under the communist rule. It cannot happen again. It scares them to death," said L'Amoreaux.
Meantime, President Obama's feeling the heat on Capitol Hill once again. House speaker John Boehner saying steps the U-S hasn't taken over the past few years allowed Putin to take these actions.
"But given where we are, we are here in a bipartisan way trying to work with The President to strengthen his hand," said Speaker Boehner.
Misnick is not pleased with President Obama either.
"He does not make decisions and that's not good he needs to be firm like the Ukrainian people are," said Misnick.
Meantime, in a meeting today, foreign ministers from around the world agreed they'd rather talk than fight.