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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.
Two Fires Damage Apt. & Garage
June 7, 2012
SOUTHERN TIER (WENY) -- A small explosion may have started garage fire Thursday night in Horseheads. Firefighters say when they arrived on scene, the unattached garage at 265 Oriole Drive was completely engulfed in flames. They were able to calm the blaze, but the house did suffer some siding damage.
An unknown number of people were inside the house when it started, but there were no reported injuries. Town and Country firefighters say they're close to finding out how the fire started.
Earlier in Elmira, four engines rushed to an apartment fire at 509 W. Water Street. No injuries were reported. The deputy fire chief said some residents were inside the building when the fire started, but made it out in time before the engines arrived.
It only took firefighters 15 minutes to put out the flames, but the high volume of plastic inside the building created very thick smoke.The majority of the complex is gutted on the first level, but damage spread to the second and third floors.
"Upon our arrival we found the basement unit in this building here fully involved," said Deputy Chief Dan Sincock. "Fortunately, everyone got out of the building safely."
Firefighters said they're still trying to figure out what caused the fire, but all of the damage is repairable.