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 Trash Ordinance
Elmira (WENY) --Broken toilets, old furniture and cracked TVs. Those are some of the things neighbors in Elmira are sick of seeing through their front window.
"I think it's rude and disrespectful," said Elmira resident Melissa Pierce. "I mean, pick it up. Don't throw it around."
"They ruin the neighborhood and everything, and it stinks," added Linda Pierce, who also lives downtown.
Leaving junk between sidewalks and the curb is becoming all too common these days, and you could be fined $50 for it. There's always been a trash ordinance in effect, but now city leaders say it's time to enforce it.
"We're trying to clean up the city," said Mayor Sue Skidmore. "This is a consistent, constant problem. We keep talking about it every year, every opportunity, but the message is just not getting out there."
You can't put things like furniture, computer monitors or brush for regular pick-up, but the city only charges $10 to haul it away. Then your neighbors don't have to look at it.
"It drives down property rates on the houses," said neighbor Jamie Phenes. "It drives down getting good people in here that want to change the look of the area. You hear, 'Oh my God, look at the area! Oh it's horrible!' and you don't want that to be something that this area is known for."
People can send in anonymous complaints to code enforcement online or call their local council member. To find out more, go to http://www.cityofelmira.net/.