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.
Sikorsky Re-Employment Talks
People from all levels of government are coming together to help the nearly 600 workers being laid off at Sikorsky.
September 28, 2012
Big Flats (WENY) - People from all levels of government are coming together to help the nearly 600 workers being laid off at Sikorsky. Today Company reps met with federal, state, and local agencies to construct a re-employment plan for all of them. Dan Porter is the Executive Director of CSS Workforce New York, but for the next few weeks he's working as part of the New York State Rapid Re-employment Response Team, helping workers laid off by Sikorsky find work.
“Is this all make believe? I think in the community now there are some people that think this isn't real a little bit of shock.. It does seem to be really happening,” says Porter.
For a lot of people and their families, being laid off is really happening. Over the past year the unemployment rate around the area has increased. In Elmira the unemployment rate in august 2011 was 7.5 percent, this august its 9.1 percent.
“This is really going to be a huge issue,” Says Elmira Mayor Sue Skidmore. “And a huge problem for the county specifically here in the city, Big Flats, and Horseheads area, where these people live.”
Today Sikorsky company reps met with local agencies and the states Rapid Response Re-employment team to come up with a plan to give help to all of the employees.
“Both the company and the union are both positive and engaged and they're supporting us to get in and help,” says Porter “It's great because not every company does that some companies just wash their hands and walk away so I really commend the Sikorsky Corporation and their union for staying engaged on this.”
Some workers will qualify for the Federal Trade Adjustment Act It's a program that offers transitional support, which includes,training allowances, relocating expenses, and access to low cost health care like COBRA. The talks are still in their infancy and specifics still need to be determined, but Porter says today was a good start.
“There’s a lot of little dominos that you have to get set up before you can push them over and the dominos are coming together very quickly.”
Once reemployment package details that will be offered to employees by the Rapid Response team is hammered out orientations with small groups will start sometime in October.