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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.
Tax $ at Work: Church St. Construction
ELMIRA (WENY) -- Tax dollars are being put to use in Elmira, as road construction season is well underway.
This Summer's Church Street construction is different from last year. What was supposed to be a 16 week project to improve pavement, curb and sidewalk conditions started in May 2013 and wasn't done until the end of October.
"That was a total reconstruction they put in all new curbing, all new water mains all new gas mains and all new infrastructure," said Shawn Crater, City of Elmira Street Supervisor. "That was a state grant, where this is your tax dollars at work. This road didn't need as much work to be done."
The city decides on what roads need work during the Winter. There are a total of 17 projects crews are working on. Church Street is being resurfaced from Clemens Center Parkway to College Avenue, costing about $75,00. Some water and gas mains and catch basins will be also replaced or brought up to date.
"It's $1.1 million tax dollars that are being spent on our road ways," said Crater. "The City's put a lot of money into their road program and it's getting more aggressive each year.
Crater says if everything goes as scheduled all of the projects will be done by mid-August.
Final paving on Church Street is expected to be done the week of July 21, but first, there will be a meeting with the bus station and businesses along the cooridor to determine alternate routes.