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.
First Reponse Team Gets City Key
Last week at this time, Tad Agoglia and his team were in Florida, helping people clean up after Tropical Storm Debby, by Saturday they were moving debris in Elmira.
July 31, 2012
Elmira (WENY) - Last week at this time, Tad Agoglia and his team were in Florida, helping people clean up after Tropical Storm Debby, by Saturday they were moving debris in Elmira. Mayor Sue Skidmore wanted to show her appreciation, so she presented "First Response Team America" with a key to the city. They're just three guys; a small operation, but they can do a lot of good with the toys they bring with them. First response team of America is a non-profit organization that's been helping American cities and towns hit by disasters. They come in with equipment capable of handling the work load, and in Elmira they needed the grapple truck.
Founder Tad Agoglia says the biggest issue here in the southern tier is how big the trees are.
“One is you don't usually see tornadoes in this part of the country and second thing that I noticed that was very interesting about this community is the trees are huge.”
“Our trucks are having a hard time keeping up with it because they load our truck and then we have to haul it to a site and then come back,” says City Manager John Burin. “It's just constant and sometimes we run out of trucks because we're moving so fast.”
Part of the reason the team moves so fast is they get help from Lowes employees across the country. Employees who are part of “Lowe's Hero Program” were out helping Agoglia all weekend.
“Come back and visit us when we're all cleaned up because it's a great place for vacation there’s a lot of great things in this community and we're so glad you're here,” says Elmira City Mayor Sue Skidmore.
The mayor presented the crew with the key to the city as a small token of appreciation, but Burin says their help goes even further.
“He has come into the city of Elmira and saved the tax payers thousands of dollars because of the speed that he can pick this debris up," says Burin.
Agoglia and his team will be in the area for a few more days. To find out how to donate to “First Response Team of America”, go to http://firstresponseteam.org/responding-by-storm/