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.
Helping Hands Clean Storm Debris
"We looked across the street at Brand Park and we thought, oh, it looks like a war zone."
The park is just one of many areas hit hard by the severe weather on Thursday. Hundreds of trees and wires are down and many workers, including Elmira Building & Grounds Worker, Stephen Clark, are hauling debris 'round-the-clock.
"What we are doing right now is getting everything in the park out, getting everything to the streets, getting everything out clear for safety for the public," said Clark.
Mike Smith from the Emergency Management Department says you shouldn't leave trees and debris in the streets or sidewalks, but rather, in your front yard.
"Brush, woody debris, those kind of things can be moved out to the front of the residence. The municipalities will be picking up this brush at some point."
And municipality workers aren't the only ones cleaning up.
Julie Delgrosso owns the Christmas House and the building suffered severe damage. But, Delgrosso is thankful for friends and family.
"People come out in bad times. They come out and help you and pitch in. This young gal here, she was riding her bike and she says she has a half hour to haul debris out."
15-year-old Christine Semidt says neighbors helped clean debris at her own house and now she wants to pass on the favor.
"It's very touching I guess for people to come over and see if everybody was alright, so I guess I just wanted to share that, " said Semidt.