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.
’Mountain Day’ for ECSD Students
ELMIRA (WENY) -- 6th graders in the Elmira City School District spent their school day at First Arena.
It's just one orientation event for students from the four elementary schools, before merging next year at the new Broadway academy Middle School
The event was called Mountain Day.
And it was a glimpse of the future middle school.
The kids got to have fun while meeting students from other schools that will soon be their new classmates.
"You can just have fun and you meet new kids," said Parley Coburn 6th grader, Daishaun Cardwell. "That's what I like about this day."
It was a day of games and team building for 6th grade students from the Elmira City School District.
With the closing of the Ernie Davis Middle School, students from Parley Coburn, Beecher, Broadway and Hendy Elementary will be coming together, this September for the first merged middle school.
Broadway Middle School will now become Broadway Academy.
"It was an event to meet new kids so you won't have to embarassed and be all shy when you go to the first day of school and you'll know people," said Beecher Elementary 6th grader, Zach Donovan.
Mountain Day consisted of adventure based learning, Stem initiaitives and other team oriented events in collaboration with the Chemung County Youth Bureau and GST Boces.
The idea comes from Elmira College's Mountain Day, an annual tradition where students and faculty get to know each other through fun activities outside the classroom.
Before the first bell rings in September, Broadway Academy Principal, Robert Bailey wanted students to meet their future classmates.
"I've been an administrator for a long time and this is the first chance i've been able to see my school before school opens," said Bailey.
The Elmira City School District says Mountain Day was such a success and they may make it an annual event.