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.
Health Care Reform Small Business Impact
Congressman Tom reed speaks out against the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable health care act, and its impact on small businesses.
July 2, 2012
Elmira (WENY) - Congressman Tom Reed speaks out against the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Health Care Act, and it's impact on small businesses. He claims small business owners wont be able to handle the tax increase. Reed was in Elmira today to air his opinion that ObamaCare will hurt small business growth in America. Two local business owners joined him at a press conference to say they agree with the Congressman. The owner of Katie's cafe in Elmira says her restaurant is her passion and dream, but she worries that dream could soon be over. Katie has fewer than 50 employees so she will not have to provide health insurance.
She fears some of the provisions of the Affordable Care Law, like covering people with pre-existing conditions, will drive up the cost, pricing her workers out of paying for their own health care, forcing her to pay for it, and ultimately raising the prices on her menu. Katie says her biggest fear is losing workers, because she can't pay them enough.
“I have some employees that are heads of households and trying to take care of their families, they don't have health insurance. Now I don't look as nice to work for because I am not going to provide them with health care they are going to look somewhere else that will give them health care,” Says Clark.
“We can do better we have to do better we have to get to the root cause of the problem when it comes to health care and that’s the ever increasing health care costs,” Says Reed.
Under the new plan, a small business that buys health insurance for its employees, can apply for tax credits to help offset some of the costs. Katie says that wont help her if she has to front the money first. She wants to bring small businesses together to bring the cost down.
Clark says, “If I have 20 employees and another restaurant in town has 20 and another 10 or 15 and we all pool that and hopefully go to the insurance company as a greater number of clients to give to them, then maybe the price would be reduced a little bit there.”
Reed says the affordable health care law will be a major issue in the upcoming elections.