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.
"Sticking" Together Against Bullying
October is national anti-bullying month and tonight kids are using more than just words to stop bullying in the Southern Tier.
October 4, 2012
Elmira (WENY) - October is national anti-bullying month and tonight kids are using more than just words to stop bullying in the Southern Tier. Here in the Southern Tier a few organizations are using a unique art project to educate the community on how to deal with bullies. Imagine a white room freshly painted and then letting hundreds of kids loose armed with stickers. The result is what you'll see if your walking on main street in Elmira.
Mayve Roman is an eighth grader at Broadway Middle School in Elmira. She says she's been bullied and has witnessed bullying at her school. Mayve wants to set a good example for her little sister.
“I know that the people that bully me they do it to get steam off because they get bullied too,” says Mayve. “I sort of feel bad for the people that bully others because I know they do it out of the sickness in their own hearts.”
In Elmira, the Chemung County Safe Kids Strong Kids Program and the Chemung County Youth Bureau are putting together a unique art exhibit. They're inviting kids to put stickers on everything in a white room, until the entire room is covered. The stickers are actually teaching kids how to fight bullying .The idea is, one person can't fight a bully but if you “stick” together, then that bully doesn’t have a chance.
“We came up with the sticking together theme because when kids work together.”
Misty Purdy works at Strong Kids Safe Kids and knows how important numbers are when fighting against bullies.
“When they see bullying and they go find a friend it will help combat bullying and it will help put an end to it.”
“Sometimes when I get bullied I got to my friends because I feel bad and they help me feel better and if they get bullied they come to me and I help them feel better,” says Mayve. “It just feels better if you get it out with someone that you know.”
“We want them to know that there is help to reach out to an adult and let folks know whats going on,” says Purdy. “If no one knows whats going on then unfortunately no one can help you. So speak up, and search out help.”
The stick together room at 109 north main street in Elmira will be open from October 4, 2012 until October 13th, 2012.
10/5 - 5-8 p.m.
10/6 – 10-3 p.m.
10/7 – 1-4 p.m.
10/8 – 10/12 - 5-8 p.m.
10/13 – 10 -3 p.m.