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.
Rain and Snowmelt Could Freeze Roads
ELMIRA (WENY) -- A little bit of rain is causing a lot of problems on the streets of Elmira. Some basins and storm drains are blocked off by snow and ice, so that water has no where to go.
That was the case earlier today on the corner of Davis and Church Streets.
"We had a lot of rain, some of the basins are frozen," said Steve Baker, Public Works Specialist. "So we flushed the water into the manhole, so in case it freezes tonight it won't freeze to the road and we can get rid of the water."
They're working hard to make sure all the streets are clear because if that water freezes, it could make for some slippery roads tonight.
"If it does freeze, people should slow down a little bit," said Baker.
If it doesn't freeze, that water makes it's way into pump stations another place workers are keeping their eyes on.
"We also went out to our pump stations that we regularly check and maintain to make sure they're working correctly to get water off the streets out of the station to where they need to drain out," said Brian Beasley, Acting Director of Public Works.
Blocks and failures could result in entire neighborhoods going under. It's not just ice causing concern, many times storm drains are blocked off by leaves that may have been buried under inches of snow.
"With the storm drains you just want to see if they're plugged up," said Beasley "If they're plugged up and not draining, give us a call and we'll have somebody go out and check them out."
You can reach Elmira's Department of Public Works at (607) 737-5750.