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 Psych Center to Remain Open
BINGHAMTON, NY (WENY) -- The fight is over. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced late Thursday afternoon, the state will keep both Elmira Psychiatric and the Binghamton Health Centers open.
"I'm pleased to announce that the inpatient services and the Binghamton Health Center and Elmira Psychiatric Center are going to continue," Governor Cuomo said during a video conference with local and state leaders. Cuomo said New York State will be keeping both centers open, just with reduced inpatient services.
The Elmira Psychiatric Center's 72 inpatient beds will be reduced to 48. However, the state will open 48 new community residential beds in Elmira. Cuomo says they'll be increasing resources, not decreasing them.
Local officials like Senator Tom Omara, Assemblymen Phil Palmesano and Chris Friend, and Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli where in Binghamton to learn the news.
Cuomo says at the end of the day the points they made were persuasive, hence the change especially on children and family beds.
"I think there's gonna be a great sense of relief from the jobs that are going to be saved for those that work there and for the community residents that receive these services," said Senator Tom O'Mara (R, Big Flats), after the announcement was made."
"A great day for the Southern Tier and I couldn't be happier," said Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli.
Some of those at the meeting said the announcement was a great Christmas present, and say it's a big gift to the Southern Tier.
For full details on the Governor's announcement, click here: http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/12192013-greater-binghamton-health-center