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.
New City Center Proposed
Plans for major renovations and upgrades to some historic downtown buildings, designed to bring more residents, shoppers and business to the city and city leaders are hoping will change Elmira forever
September 5, 2012
Elmira (WENY) - Plans for major renovations and upgrades to some historic downtown buildings, designed to bring more residents, shoppers and business to the city and city leaders are hoping will change Elmira forever. The plan calls for more than $40 million to to build a complex of apartments, businesses, a restaurant, banquet hall and conference center downtown. The complex would be called the Elmira Regional City Center. Elmira's City Manager predicts this project will be successful and become an example for other cities across the nation.
“It's going to be great for business, I'm right here and everything is happening downtown.” says Katie Clark owner of Katie's Cafe in Elmira. “I have always had faith in downtown that's why both my businesses are here and I look forward to more people coming in.”
That's the key for Clark, people, the more the better.
“This would have to be your destination to come downtown for business to go to the bank or come to Katie's” says Clark. “This will be right there. They are going to need places to eat the gym the video stores the t-shirt stores it will be great for everybody.”
Tom Weidemann the Executive Director of the Clemens Center feels the new complex will give his venue more opportunity.
“When they start to envision conference possibilities with the hotel and meeting rooms over there, I would love to talk with the developers and dream a little bit about how we can shape our sense of the Clemens Center to integrate into he notion of the conference centers.”
So who's going to live there? What businesses will open? According to city Manager, John Burin, it's an "if we build it, they will come" scenario. And he's got a developer excited to invest and make it happen, and the Southern Tier Regional Economic Council working to bring in state money.
“This will inject people into the area. Its all about rooftops in an urban environment. If you don't have rooftops if you don't have feet on the ground your not going to get people to want to open businesses, they don’t have a market,” says Burin.
The Developer will present his proposal to the city council tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock. That meeting is open to the public.