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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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.
Gas Alternative in Elmira?
Compressed natural gas could be here in the Twin Tiers soon.
May 23, 2012
Elmira (WENY) - An alternative fuel solution could be coming to the Twin Tiers this summer. Williams oil plans to build three Natural gas filling stations, and put one in Elmira. Congressman Tom reed joined Randy Williams for the announcement this morning: The southern tier is getting ready to accommodate alternative fuel cars and trucks. Compressed Natural Gas is a cheaper alternative to gasoline. Some Car companies are selling CNG vehicles now. Randy Williams talked about the price gallon equivalent in Oklahoma is $1.65. Congressman reed wants to see the southern tier take advantage of those prices. Tom reed sees a future with cars running on compressed natural gas driving up and down the streets of Elmira. Randy Williams from Williams Oil is trying to make that a reality.
“There's a real interest here and from what we saw in Oklahoma there are a lot of cars out there running on CNG,” says Williams.
In Oklahoma CNG stations are selling gas as low as $1.50 a gallon equivalent. If you bring those savings to Elmira, businesses could see the benefits too.
“We really feel that garbage trucks local delivery that cycle back everyday this is an ideal fuel and we're excited about it,” says Williams.
Natural gas pipes, will feed the Dandy station on East Church street in Elmira. Of course, you'll need a CNG car. A natural gas ready Honda Civic gets just over 30 miles a gallon and costs about $7,000 more than its gasoline powered equivalent.
Brad Lister from Williams Honda in Elmira says filling up a CNG car is not that
“Basically it's a pressurized fueling system so the gas goes in just like you would plug in a tap to a beer keg and the gas is delivered at a high rate of speed into the gas tank,” says Lister.
A CNG filling station in Towanda should be finished by August. Another in Athens should be done by the end of September, and Elmira will be right behind those.