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 Tornado Totals
Clean up is almost over after a tornado ripped through Elmira more than two weeks ago, and now city leaders can see exactly what was lost.
August 13, 2012
Elmira (WENY) - Clean up is almost over after a tornado ripped through Elmira more than two weeks ago, and now city leaders can see exactly what was lost. The estimated numbers are in for the city of Elmira, and there was more than $250,000 worth of storm damage, and although it may sound like a lot there is some good news. The city can foot the bill with out borrowing any money and that makes city leaders very happy.
Elmira city manager John Burin announced the estimated cost of all the work which includes repairs for city buildings, overtime and equipment costs. Elmira mayor Sue Skidmore says the city may get some help from the insurance companies.
“So we're looking at $250,000 to $350,000 and none of those costs have been submitted to insurance yet, so I think we have that money and we don't have to go out and bond and borrow for it.”
The City landscape is on its way back too. More than 40 trees that will be planted in the city thanks to a donation from the NASCAR “Green Clean Air Program”. The debris picked up over the past few weeks has been chopped up into wood chips. Those wood chips could be used to line the Lackawana trail, or go out for sale to help cover the costs of the clean up. Andy Avery the DPW Director says clean up should finish up by next week, but that might change if crews continue to do extra work.
“The problem that we are encountering is that more debris keeps coming out and its not even storm debris. It may have been stuff that's been gathered in back yards or hedge trimmings and we're just asking residents to please not put anything more out on the curb unless its storm related.”
Elmira's compost yard will be closed until further notice. Storm debris has built up and the yard is too dangerous for the public.