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.
Saving The Historic Bell Tower
ELMIRA---(WENY) An Elmira church is getting some much needed funds to help fix damages to a historic Landmark following the tornado of 2012.
Walter Wagner, Council President of The First United Church of Christ in Elmira said, " The bell tower was aged, and when the tornado came, the wind just blew the mortar from between the bricks, so this is something that has to be done, or else the bell tower just might come down."
Following the tornado, the church sustained thousands of dollars in damages in broken windows and window frames.
And while, those were being fixed, more damage was discovered-compromising the very foundation of the bell tower. Wagner said, "We put in for a $10,000.00 grant to re-point the bell tower. Some of the bricks are loose and we just need to have it re-pointed from top to bottom. And, It's about an $80,000.00 project."
In addition to the grant, the church has managed to raise an additional $20,000.00 but they still have about $50,000.00 more to go.
The church's Pastor, Rev. Richard Hubbard says, "We've had people with a lot of imaginative ways of fundraising that they've put into effect and have helped raise a considerable sum regarding the small size of our congregation."
The church is selling bells for the bell tower and other hand crafted gifts to raise money, and hosting dinners to collect funds.
Rev. Hubbard says, "We're happy for any help that people can provide to a landmark that stood for over a hundred years in Elmira."
They hope to get the repairs done this year, otherwise the price of repairs will increase by 10%.
If you would like to donate, call 607-734-5428 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .