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.
Elmira’s New Code Enforcment Dpt.
New Department will help the fire department
May 22, 2012
Elmira (WENY) - Elmira city leaders are tired of dangerous code violation getting out of hand. So the city is changing the system to help tackle the problem. Elmira's code enforcement currently falls on the city's fire department. The number of calls about code violations is becoming a real burden on fire fighters. City leaders want to reorganize it to help the fire department focus on its job, fighting fires. Elmira City Manager John Burin says the move is necessary to stay on top of code complaints in the city. In the early 90s Elmira's code enforcement merged with fire department, but back then the fire department had more people to handle complaints. Elmira's City Manager says the fire department has two code officers, and they're overwhelmed.
“Means high grass debris, peeling paint, demolitions, property registrations and any ordinance that we might decide to implement like abandoned property that will all be a part of code enforcement.”
This week Elmira city council decided to separate code enforcement from the fire department. the fire department will still handle fire code, commercial inspections, fire prevention and education. The new civilian code enforcement department will focus on property complaints.
“First thing we're going to do is get that junk and debris off the road and walkways and if they don't they're going to pay, financially,” says Burin. The new department will work hand in hand with city lawyers and the district attorney's office. Fire Chief Patrick Bermingham says the goal is to let the fire department focus on public safety.
“We need to make time for other things. We get focused on the pile of garbage and the high grass and it takes away from the potential that we have,” says Bermingham.
Over the next two weeks the city will hire a director and staff.