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.
Free Meals for Elmira Storm Victims
ELMIRA (WENY) -- Elmira Salvation Army volunteers didn't waste a second getting to work after Thursday's storms. Thursday night they were serving dinners to emergency workers, and they've been handing out food and water to community members since Friday.
"It's great," says Joe Reaves, an Elmira resident. "It gets people out here, it gets them away from some of their worries right now."
And across the city, things are starting to look more normal. Most of the branches are off the roads, and destroyed power poles are going back up. City leaders and workers credit the swift actions of the entire community, including NYSEG.
"There's still a lot of debris out there, it's going to take some time," says Chemung County Executive, Tom Santulli. "I'm guessing in about seven to ten, days you'll see the vast majority of it being removed off the streets."
At the Elmira Psychiatric Center, workers have cleared more than 50 trees over the past five days. He says his team has logged over 30 hours clearing trees and getting the lot back to normal.
"I think everybody's been in a bind, but I think we've got control of it," says Greg LaRue with the Psychiatric Center. "Things are looking a little better now."
Back at the Salvation Army, leaders say the speed of clean efforts is surprising, but they've been glad to help at every point.
"When we first came out and saw the streets, we thought, this is going to be a two week operation," says Major Craig Haggerty at the Salvation Army. "But it's moving so fast , they're getting it done in what I would think takes days...they're doing it in hours."
The Elmira location has passed out more than 2,700 meals since Thursday, and plan to serve more people from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M. on Tuesday and 4 to 6 P.M. the same day. Volunteers say they'll keep food coming if it's needed, but will pull back if the need looks to be met.
"Sometimes people just need the extra help at the end of the month, it's hard times now," says one volunteer, Tom Corcoran.
Volunteers say the storm brought out the best in many people. Strangers reached out to help each other afterwards, just doing what they could to restore power and normalcy to the area. Volunteers and workers say they hope the momentum continues, and that folks keep giving until the entire community is back on its feet.
"It is a small tight knit community. So when you do something for one of 'em, it seems the ripple effect is tremendous," says Major Haggerty.