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 Meth Bust on W. Gray Street
UPDATE: Police have arrested 43-year-old Jamie Lawson in connection with the meth bust and charged him with criminal possession of a controlled substance. Lawson lived at the home where the meth lab was discovered. He's now in the Chemung County jail without bail, and more charges are expected. Another woman at the home was arrested after it was discovered she was wanted for Petit Larceny, but she is not charged in connection to the meth investigation.
Elmira (WENY) -- For the second time this week, cops raided an Elmira house looking for the tell-tale signs of a meth lab. Around 8 a.m., a SWAT team raided the house at 373 West Gray Street.
Dozens of neighbors lined the street while a hazmat team searched the house, and the majority of them said, unfortunately, they're not too surprised about yet another meth bust in Elmira.
"I don't think they're becoming a bigger problem, I just think it's an ongoing problem," said Elmira resident Samuel Draper.
"It's a little scary, but a little not out of the ordinary for this area, unfortunately," added neighbor Tabitha Summers.
A hazmat team and Chemung County investigators spent hours at the Elmira home looking for the makings of methamphetamine.
"We have located what appears to be methamphetamine related items in the residence, and that's why safety precautions are being taken with the fire department," said Lieutenant Sean Holley of the Chemung County Sheriff's Office.
The operation shut down Gray Street between Columbia and Davis for hours. Neighbors were told to leave their homes while police executed the search warrant.
"It's always a disappointment in the neighborhood when there's something of illegal, dramatic activities, especially in these few neighborhoods around here," said Draper.