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.
Voters Come Out in Elmira to Vote on School Budget
More than $110 million budget calling for a 5 percent tax hike.
May 15, 2012
Elmira (WENY) - Today voters took to the polls for crucial school budget votes. Elmira taxpayers are voting on a more than $110 million budget calling for a 5 percent tax hike. Even with the increase, more than a hundred teaching positions will be cut. So will programs, some athletics and summer school. WENY asked about 20 people leaving the Elmira polls how they voted, only one said she voted against the budget. Most told us they understand the position school districts are in. After months of debate Elmira city school district board members had no choice but to go over the tax cap.
Today's five percent tax hike needs a super majority of 60 percent to pass. Last night, the maintenance and cafeteria workers union made $200,000 in concessions for next year, by delaying raises and changing vacations. Ultimately the fate of Elmira schools and its staff are in the hands of the voters.
Tony Ciccariello is from Elmira, his children went through the school system and he feels he should pay it back.
“We're all a society we're all in this thing together and my children did go through and people paid for their education when they went through.”
Kelly Gray from West Elmira has kids in the district, she also voted yes today.
“I mean our governor has dealt us what he gave us, and our superintendent is doing the best he can. It's just unfortunate all the way around. Do I want my taxes raised? No. But I want what's in the best interest of my children.”
Polls in Elmira are open until 8 P.M.