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.
Shutdown Slows Farm Bill
ELMIRA -- (WENY) While lawmakers on Capitol Hill face off over budget negotiations, minimal attention is being given to the Farm Bill. A one year extension expired on October 1st-- the same day the government shutdown.
A major sticking point has been the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps.
In Elmira, Catholic Charities is bringing this issue of hunger to the forefront. Their Empty Bowls luncheon has been running for 8 years straight. It's where they raise a bulk of their money to help people struggling with poverty-- providing food, shelter and life skills.
"Last year we served about 5,000 people and they're not the normal people you would expect. They're working people with families they are really trying to make ends meet," says Lindsay Winters, Director of Development for Catholic Charities of Chemung/Schuyler.
Over 300 people came to today's luncheon at $30 a bowl, but programs like this only supplement government programs like SNAP.
"We're already seeing a huge number of people accessing SNAP, but also needing some supplement at the end of the month, we do that fill now," says Winters. "I could only imagine it would go up drastically with out SNAP in place."
In Chemung County over 13,000 people live in poverty. Amanda Domineske was one of them. She's a single mom with two sons.
"I definitely don't think that SNAP should be cut because I know myself, if it wasn't for that program my children and I wouldn't have been able to have food that we needed," says Domineske. "I was going to school while I was raising them, so it would have been very hard to afford what they needed."
She put herself through school and now works for Arnot Health.
"I went through a lot of struggles. If it wasn't for the programs that we have in our community and my friends and family, I wouldn't have made it to where I'm at today," Domineske.
And it's not just the government shutdown and Farm bill debate threatening food stamps. Stimulus money for SNAP benefits is set to expire next month, and the house of representatives recently voted to cut food assistance by $39 billion over ten years.