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.
Voters on Proposition One
SOUTHERN TIER (WENY) -- It's election day and one of the big ticket items on ballots in New York is Proposition One. If it wins voter apporoval as many as seven full-fledged casinos would be built in New York.
Here locally, owner of Tioga Downs says he's ready to convert his racino into a casino and today, voters in the Southern Tier seemed pretty supportive. However, there are others who worry about gambling problems.
Four of the casinos will be built in upstate New York.
"Any jobs we can get in the Upstate is a definite bonus. It would be good if they brought 4 or 5 of them upstate, bring the money out of the city," said Michael Prior, Chemung County Voter.
Not all Chemung County voters feel this way. Some people are worried a casino may attract trouble, boost crime and enhance Elmira's reputation as a prison town.
In Tioga county -- home of Tioga Downs -- the racino owner is doing his best to rally support.
Most Tioga County voters I talked to would welcome a full-fledged casino.
"I personally don't care about going to casinos, I guess I'm not much of a winner," joked Alvera Owen, Tioga County voter. "There's a lot of people that enjoy it and we could use the money."
Some voters closer to Tioga Downs have concerns about what could happen in their neighborhoods if Tioga Downs is converted into a casino.
"Well there's always the possibility that people who have the least amount of money can become addicted," said Toni Chattin, Tioga County Voter. "I know from experience I have seen families that have very little and I'm not saying it was from gambling, but gambling can become an addiction to the point that your children do not get what they should get."
Supporters argue that the new casinos would generate thousands of jobs and millions in tax revenue.