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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.
If you would like to learn more about local television and what can be done to help, please visit
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.
Mark Twain Conference
August 2, 2013
ELMIRA -- (WENY) The Seventh International Conference on the State of Mark Twain Studies brings together Mark Twain fanatics from all over the world. The conference features 80 lectures and panel discussions, all about Mr. Clemens.
Mark Twain lovers unite. Avid readers and scholars head to Elmira every four years to share stories and discuss the beloved American author with like minded writers. It's all at the Seventh International Conference on the State of Mark Twain Studies.
Peter Kaminsky, Keynote Speaker, said "it's a really exciting event. I've never been to a Twain event before, I've written about Mark Twain, I've edited a book about Mark Twain. I've learned an awful lot today, there's just some wonderful lectures.
The conference includes eighty lectures and panels discussions along with an exhibit of Mark Twain in the West.
Joseph Csicsila, Professor at Eastern Michigan said, "this is internationally known as being one of the top rated conferences for academics. This is really a famous conference."
The Mark Twain conference brings people from all over the world right here to Elmira College.
Holger Kersten came all the way from University of Magdeburg, Germany. "You meet people everyday here at the conference and it's easy to get to know people and to talk," he said.
This man came all the way from Japan to study Mark Twain. And couldn't be more happy to be at the conference.
"This conference seems like completely different, something completely different then any other conference maybe. And the best one!"
Tomorrow is the final day of the conference, which will include the presentation of the Mark Twain Circle Awards and a picnic at the Clemen's home at Quarry Farm.