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.
Bill for Wrong Way Driving Goes to NY Senate
ELMIRA -- [WENY] The New York state Senate passed a bill totoughen penalties for wrong way and reckless drivers, just days before a holiday that a lot of people use as an excuse to get drunk.
It creates new crime of aggrivated reckless driving and make it a felony.Those charged could face a maximum of four years in prison.
Local cops say they will be out in force for St. Patrick's Day.
As for this new bill, it would impact reckless drivers whether they're drunk or not. The Senate's bill calls for tougher penalties for wrong way and reckless drivers is making it's way to the Assembly.
It won't go into effect before Saint Patty's Day, but the cops are cracking down.
"When Saint Patrick's Day comes in, we put out more patrol specifically to look for intoxicated drivers," said Captain Douglas Houper of the Chemung County Sheriff's Office. "So we'll be out there. Certainly you'll see more sheriff's car's out there during that day and night period just to look for that."
There are many who take the route of designating a driver, calling a cab, or now that the weather's heating up... walking.
"I'm not worried about it much, but just making sure that people are responsible and take care of themselves and anything we can do to help, we're here," John Brady, the owner of Brady's Pub in Elmira.
He says they're always there to call people cab rides home to make sure they get back safely.
The Chemung County Sheriff's Office tells me they'll have roving patrols out to specifically look for drivers swerving or driving the wrong way.
"The problem is you're a risk to yourself and everyone else on the road. So that sober driver could drive home and all of a sudden be killed by a drunk driver and no one wants that on their conscience," said Capt. Houper.
The bill also would apply to people who drive more than 30 miles-an-hour over the speed limit while intoxicated, impaired or racing, and drivers who weave through lanes excessively.