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.
State of Emergency Remains
ELMIRA (WENY) -- The first storm of 2014 smacked the Southern Tier with single digit temperatures and at least half a foot of snow. Crews did their best to keep the roads clear for travel.
"None of the towns or villages reported closing any roads or having any issues," said Kristen Card-Griffin Deputy Director of Administration for the Chemung County Emergency Management Office.
Halfway through the whiteout, Governor Cuomo declared a state of emergency. One aspect of his decision required Emergency Management Offices to open up their Emergency Operations Center.
"He was wanting state staff to be in that Emergency Operations Center," explained Card-Griffin. "If any local municipality had a problem, he would have then been able to give any asset to that local municipality and help them out."
His declaration also closed some major highways downstate and asked people to stay off other roads if possible.
In a phone conference yesterday, the Governor said "Just because the road isn't closed doesn't mean people should be on it. It is a serious storm. It is a serious storm in Western New York and they should take all necessary precaution."
Kristin Card-Griffin said her office received several confused calls from people in the area, wondering if they would be arrested if they were on the roads.
"I think the confusion came that the Governor declared a state of emergency, but just because he did that does not mean that local roads were closed or that anyone would be prohibited from traveling on the roads," said Card. "If people need to report to work they should."
She said people should drive extra careful in these conditions, making sure to leave ample space between cars, and allot extra time to get to where they're going.