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.
Elmira Drug Bust: 6 Arrested
Elmira drug bust brings in "key players" in area drug trafficking.
May 31, 2012
Elmira (WENY) - A year long investigation leads to multiple arrests in the City of Elmira and in Village of Horseheads. Local Police worked with state and federal agencies to search three different houses in the area. Elmira police chief Mike Robertson says the bust brought down some key drug traffickers in the area. Six people were arrested at three different locations early this morning. The investigation nicknamed operation "ReRock" has so far put six people in the Chemung County jail. Three houses were targeted: 207 Spaulding street and 609 West Church street in Elmira; and 418 Camden Avenue in Horseheads.
Investigators found an assortment of drugs and weapons. Heroin, Cocaine, Guns, ammunition and more than $3,000. Lenny Sutton, Justen Maxwell, Anthony Perry, Kayla Owens, and Tasharie Jones; all from elmira; are now charged with criminal sale of a controlled substance. Alonzo Powell from Horseheads is also charged with criminal sale. If convicted, all face up to 9 years in prison. Elmira City Police Chief Mike Robertson says this bust is huge in the fight against drugs because it takes down people deeply involved in drug trafficking around the area.
“It's taken down big players, I'm not naive enough to sit here and say it's the end all cure all because its not, says Robertson. “There's more and this is evidence of what they are going to have to face, because we're not going to back down.”
More charges and arrests are expected over the next few weeks.