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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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.
Visibility Issues as Snow Piles Up
ELMIRA (WENY) -- This Winter's snowfall has really done a number on some of the streets and parking lots in Elmira, most notably in Langdon Plaza.
"The parking lots been a mess," said Christopher Willsey, of Vincenzo's Pizzeria. "Half the time people don't even park in real parking spots. I've seen a couple accidents out there so far. All the snow piles, people can't really see where they're going."
There's a huge snow pile at least ten feet tall toward the edge of the parking lot closer to Church and Main Streets.
"I think it's probably bad for the businesses because you can't see the signs unless you know what's here," said Barbara Miller.
Willsey says he doesn't think it's been slowing down business at Vincenzo's because they get a lot of foot traffic. But, it is a concern at Mr. Panosian's. Owner, David Panosian says the pile is covering his signs up.
"I think it's far enough from the traffic and the corner it's not an issue for traffic, unlike that one at the post office," said David Panosian.
He says plows came through yesterday and pushed the mound so they got five parking spaces back.
The mound he talked about by the post office is by Gray Street and the Clemens Center Parkway. Some people across the street at the bus station say they've seen cars slowing down and it's only a matter of time before they think there's gonna be an accident there.
"It's a hazard to get past the intersection if you're not seeing the results from the snow piling up, so it's kind of a danger to citizens, pedestrians and people driving in their cars," said Loulu Oma.
The city's responsible for plowing city roads not plaza's or properties. Right now about 20 of their plows are out in force, working around the clock with safety as the number one concern.
"You wanna make sure that when you're piling that snow that you're not blocking the line of sight for drivers," said Brian Beasley, Acting Director, Elmira Dept. of Public Works. "You wanna make sure it's safe and by pushing that snow when it's in the way, there could be an issue where codes comes in and issue a violation for that and have it removed."
Rocco Picarazzi, Elmira's Director of Code Enforcement says once a property is notified of that type of violation, they get a certain amount of time to change it. Otherwise, the city cleans it and charges them based on time spent and equipment used.