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 Equipment Could Save Pets Lives
May 9, 2012
Elmira (WENY) - When there's a fire, EMS first responders step up to help people survive, but as we've seen too often lately, it's not only people who need help. At EMSTAR in Elmira they teach CPR to save humans. Now they're teaching responders how to save our furry friends too. Vanessa Jewitt has been a first responder for the Breesport fire department for more than 15 years.
“I've had to carry out way to many dead pets simply because they hide when a fire happens so they get smoke inhalation and they end up dying from smoke inhalation if we can get to them quick enough we know we can make a difference with the oxygen.”
After saving a dog a few months ago she wanted to do more.
“We were using people masks to use on pets I knew there was an alternative I just had to find it and I did I found with Pets America they made it available.”
Vanessa got a kit for each fire department in Chemung County and in each kit are three different size masks for different sized dogs but these masks are important because unlike human masks they fit over the snout of the dog.
Robert Rajsky the Executive director for EMSTAR is happy to add the whole family to their list of classes.
“We teach adults we teach children and infant CPR and now adding the pet CPR is a full complement of courses.”
“I think this is going to a great thing for ems providers being able to help pets too,” says Vanessa.
To learn about pet CPR classes at EMSTAR, call 732-2354.