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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.
If you would like to learn more about local television and what can be done to help, please visit
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.
Property Tax Freeze Proposal
ELMIRA---(WENY) New York Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy paid a visit to Elmira Wednesday to talk about Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to reduce property taxes for homeowners in the state.
Part of Governor Cuomo's tax reform plan is to give New York homeowners a break by freezing the property tax for two years in places where local governments stay below the 2% tax cap. It's a way to encourage municipalities to save money and reduce costs.
Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy says, "By counties and towns and villages and cities working together and sharing services, you can save money. Take those savings off the burdens of families who are struggling to survive and just paying these exorbitant property taxes."
Chemung County is already ahead of the game, now going into it's 10th year of not raising taxes, largely due to efforts with shared services- something Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli advocates. He says, " I just think it's a combination of us working together and sharing services, buying equipment together, sharing equipment. Everybody doesn't have to have these big expensive pieces of machinery that we only use a limited amount of time."
There's talk of more shared service possibilities to come with the City of Elmira. The Governor's tax reform plan would save the state more than $1 billion dollars.
Here locally, that translates into about $3 million in savings for Chemung County and about $175,000.00 per homeowner.
* An earlier version of this story stated Chemung Co. was taking over the Town of Big Flats Highway Department. That is not true. Big Flats and Chemung County do have a shared services agreement.