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.
Hundreds Lose Daycare Subsidies
245 Chemung County Children Will No Longer Receive Daycare Discounts
May 22, 2012
ELMIRA (WENY) -- Nearly 250 Chemung County kids are no longer eligible for daycare subsidies, and now their parents are left scrambling to find hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.
Parents were notified last Wednesday about the cuts, and only have until Friday, May 25 before their subsidies run out. The county receives a childcare block grant from the state and federal government, and contributes local money to help bring daycare costs down for low income families.
But now there are more subsidies than available money. So the highest earning families on the low-income scale are being kicked off.
"I feel like I'm being punished just for trying," says Amber Kelly, who has two kids of daycare. Her costs are going up from $40 a month, to $1,000 a month. "If I was on public assistance then I would be able to keep my childcare. And that just doesn't make any sense to me."
Daycare providers aren't happy either because they'll be losing kids. Joy Overacker says she's losing 20 percent of her enrollees, and even some of her staff members are being affected by the cuts.
"It's not a situation where that family can say we just won't go out to dinner once a week or we'll cut back on something, they literally can't afford care anymore..as of Friday," says Overacker.
Human services workers say the best thing parents can do to get the money restored is to contact their local lawmaker.
Sen. Tom O'Mara:
P.O. Box 441
Big Flats, NY 14814