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.
Suspected Meth Lab in Elmira
Elmira (WENY) -- People on Hall Street in Elmira are relieved investigators busted a suspected meth lab in the neighborhood. Some neighbors say 1316 Hall Street has been the scene of constant loud parties and attracting suspicious people for about a year.
"A lot of parties -- all night parties -- for days on end, too," said neighbor Rebecca Sherbert about the suspected meth users.
Around 6:15 p.m. Monday, Elmira Police responded to the house for a reported suspicious condition and possible meth lab. Police found evidence to support that report, took the occupants out, and got a search warrant.
"So glad that it's over with," said Sherbert. "The neighborhood will be safe again, hopefully."
Today, dozens of cops and firefighters lined the street while investigators went inside with gas masks to uncover evidence. Three puppies were taken out this afternoon along with several bottles filled with a white substance. Neighbors were a bit shaken.
"It's freaky," said neighbor Jorja Heffron. "I mean, what if it blew up -- there's tons of kids on my street. If it took down their house, it would have taken down all the houses on the same side."
"My kids, they ride up and down the street on their bikes and play with their friends right out in front of our house," said neighbor Kristy Hartford. "And to know that it was like that right next door, I feel kinda silly now to think something was going on and to keep them in the house or away from it anyway."
Police say they haven't arrested anyone as of right now, and they're still investigating.