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.
Woodlawn Cemetery Facing $16K Deficit
Elmira's Woodlawn Cemetery is facing some tough financial times. For the first time since it was established in 1858, the 150 year old cemetery is no longer financially self-sufficient.
This year, Woodlawn saw about $235,000.00 in revenue, but ended up spending over $251,000.00 in expenses, leaving them upside down by a little over $16,000.00. It's a problem that's likely to increase over time.
Woodlawn Cemetery Superintendent, Bryce Cuyle says, "There's not as many burials anymore due to ashes a lot of people with cremains, a lot of people hold on to their ashes.They don't bury them right away."
McInerny Funeral Home Director, KevinMcInerny also weighed in saying, "30 years ago they were probably doing twice the burials they're doing today, and that's the economics, it's just the people aren't being buried as they were 30-40 years ago."
According to the cemetery's Results of Operations Report, the number of burials used to be over 300 in the 1990s. Last year, Woodlawn only saw 150, which was a major contributor to the cemetery's loss of income.
Woodlawn cemetery also makes money through interest and dividens coming out of their Perpetual Care Trust. This year that only came out to a little over $80,000.00, the lowest it's been since 1986.
Cuyle says, "The interest rates on that are bad, and so the money we get from that isn't what it used to be in 2000. Hopefully the economy will get a little better and maybe those interest rates will go up and help ease the burden."
Woodlawn is trying to save money where ever it can like composting materials instead of buying topsoil and making cuts to staffing.
The City has also had to step in to help with expenses. Elmira Mayor Sue Skidmore says, "We've already paid $114,000.00 in utilities and health insurance and pensions."
She added that if the cemetery commission is unable to find the funds to maintain Woodlawn, then it would fall back on the city to maintain.