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.
Hathorn Court Residents Meet Officers
If you search the internet for Hathorn court in Elmira, articles about murder and crime just some of the items that pop up.
Elmira (WENY) - If you search the internet for Hathorn court in Elmira, articles about murder and crime are just some of the items that pop up. Local leaders are trying to change that, and it's starting with a constant police presence. Thursday City leaders organized the meeting to give Hathorn residents a chance to not only meet the officers assigned to protect their community, but also to talk about future plans.
Rocco Morelli lives in Hathorn Court. He's seen the community change in the short time police have stepped up patrols earlier this year.
“I've seen some things here that are changing and it's already changing,” says Morelli.
Chief Robertson was on hand to introduce his officers to residents attending the meeting.
“This is a new initiative up here in Hathorn Court the two new officers up here on a full time basis and we want the residents to be able to see them and put a face to a name,” says Robertson.
Although Chief Robertson says this initiative is new, this isn't the first neighborhood in Elmira police have done something like this.
“It's a successful program we have no doubt about it we're not reinventing the wheel with this. We've been doing it with the Elmira housing authority and Heritage Park for 20 years,” says Chief Robertson. “So we expect that we will have those same successful results here that we've had with those other entities.”
City Council members Nykole Parks and Joe Duffy also talked about the future plans for the community. Soon Grant money will help fund a new playground there. Jodi Crane the Executive Director of The Woodlawn Youth Center says it's people that will turn the community around, not just Police.
“I think its going to take the tenants and I think its going to take the families. They always say take back your neighborhood and I think that's what everybody needs to do,” says Crane.
Chief Robertson says crime has slowed and arrests have been made, but they're just getting started.
“The test is going to be later. This is winter time, the true test is going to be in the summer spring and fall, when the activity is higher but the clean up operation is going well,” says Morelli.
Councilman Parks says they should know how much grant money they will get for the playground by April.