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.
Rally to Save EPC
November 13, 2013
ELMIRA -- (WENY) Well it's been making headlines for months now, the closure of the inpatient unit at the Elmira Psychiatric Center. But people in our area aren't letting that happen without a fight. They started a community task force to find ways to keep the center open.
The group started in October and has been meeting every Wednesday since. It's made up of families of patients at the center, union workers, local businesses, and elected officials. Senator Tom O'Mara and Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli were there along with other supporters.
Discussing new ways to strengthen their cause. They're planning a rally at Clemens Center Parkway in Elmira on November 23rd from 10:00AM to 12:00PM.
The Elmira Psychiatric Center has about a hundred inpatients now. With the new regional centers of excellence plan by the state office of mental health, those patients would have to go to Buffalo or Utica for care.
"We're going to be having rally in November, on November 23rd, to bring the community together so that people that aren't aware of how
important it is to have mental health facilities in the area can see and realize because a lot of people out there don't understand the importance of it," said Linda Albert, one of two group organizers.
Next Wednesday WENY will bring you the story of a family that would be directly impacted by the closure of the inpatient unit and how Governor Cuomo makes sense of it all.