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 1-800-894-9131.
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 1-800-894-9131.
Jackals Raise $14,200 On Domestic Violence Awarenesss Night
ELMIRA (WENY) -- The Elmira Jackals may have lost their hockey game on Saturday night, but they scored a big win in the fight against Domestic Violence.
The Jackals held Domestic Violence Awareness night at the arena. The game was in memory of Kelley Stage Clayton - who was the victim in the murder for hire case orchestrated by her husband, former Jackal Thomas Clayton.
After the game, the jackals auctioned off their special jerseys. They raised $14,200, and all of the money was donated to Kelley's family.
Before the game, Kelley's sister Kim made a speech - thanking the community for their support. Kelley's children participated in the ceremonial puck drop to start the game.
The totals are still being calculated but officials with the organization say they are expecting a high jump, anticipating bringing in $20,000, all dedicated to the Stage family.
"Kelley was a big part of this community and a big part of the Jackals community, obviously with her husband playing here for a number of years. So we just wanted to have an impact and have our role as they continue to try to heal as a family and move forward and help the kids out," says Lukas Favale, Broadcaster and Media Relations Coordinator.
There is still one more gray and purple jersey left which will be auctioned off on Friday before the game. The family will be presented with a grand total check during that time, as well.
Kelley's husband, former Jackal player Thomas Clayton, hired a man to kill her in September of 2015.