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.
If you would like to learn more about local television and what can be done to help, please visit
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.
Tech Connection: 4G LTE Comes to Elmira
In this week’s Tech Connection, J.B. Biunno lists the eight new locations in the Southern Tier with Verizon’s high-speed 4G LTE wireless service.
*Note correction to video: Verizon 4G data plans are "tiered" not "capped."
TWIN TIERS (WENY) -- 4G LTE is no longer exclusive to Corning, Ithaca and Watkins Glen International Racetrack.
Verizon is aiming to keep their promise of covering their extensively large 3G network with 4G coverage by the end of next year.
Last week, Verizon launched 4G cell sites in Elmira, Horseheads, Big Flats, Hornell, Waverly, Bath, Ashland, and Presho.
Verizon representatives say they're not making any official announcements because they're gradually launching more sites in the region.
If you already have a Verizon 4G phone, you're good to go.
Now to put LTE speed in perspective, in a February edition of Tech Connection, we took you to Market Street in Corning, where the average 4G download speed was 18 megabits per second -- that's 10 times faster than 3G and faster than a lot of home internet connections.
Before you rush to your nearest store and upgrade to a 4G phone, some words of warning. If you're have an unlimited 3G data plan, you will lose the unlimited data if you upgrade to 4G. You'll have to get a tiered plan, which could be a deal breaker for people who use a lot of data.
But if you do make the switch, you'll be on the fast wireless network in the country.