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.
Residents Give Input to Redesign Ernie Davis Park
March 20, 2017
ELMIRA N.Y. (WENY) -- Ernie Davis Park in Elmira has been in need of upgrades for several decades, and now with continuing revitalization efforts in the city, excitement is building to give the space a facelift.
On Monday, Community Arts of Elmira held an input session for residents to give the design team their ideas and wishes.
Translating the ideas to architectural images and plans will be done through a student-run program based out of Cornell University called Design Connects.
"We are landscape architects, architects, cit and regional planners and other disciplines and anyone can volunteer to be a part of a design connect project," says Elizabeth Fabis, Project Manager of Design Connects Elmira .
The project team for the Ernie Davis site has already been preparing for the revamp for months.
"What we've done so far this semester is we've researched the history of the site. We came out to do a site visit, and it was about 15 degrees outside that day, but we walked around the site taking note of all the trees and the state of the pavilion and the playground equipment, and everything on the site we documented," Fabis explains.
Ideas and wishes put forth by community members will help the design team create an environment residents can take ownership of.
"It's really all about having those people who live near and around the park to have a voice in what the park becomes, because then it's an identifiable place they can call their own...our own," says Joe Caparulo, Vice President of Board of Directors for Community Arts of Elmira.
Design renditions for the project will be ready by this May when students finish up their semester. It will then be up to the City of Elmira to decide how to implement those ideas.