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.
Whats Next for Elmira Schools?
Voters rejected a $114 million budget that came with a five percent tax hike....now what?
May 16, 2012
Elmira (WENY) - Elmira city school leaders need to come up with a million dollar plan now that voters rejected a $114 million budget that came with a five percent tax hike. Board president Larry McGovern wouldn't go on camera with me this afternoon but says the board has only two options, and that's what they will talk about at Wednesday night's meeting. Elmira voters failed to reach the 60 percent needed to pass the 5 percent tax hike outlined in the last nights budget. The Elmira board of education will have to decide if it wants to hold a second vote, the second vote would cut another $800,000 from the budget, to get down to the tax cap. Then, it only requires a simple majority of voters to approve it. If that fails, the district goes directly to the contingency budget, with no tax increase. That's a million and a half dollars lower than the original proposed budget, but no vote is needed. Either of those scenarios would result in another 15 job cuts, on top of the 111 included in the original budget. He teacher's union president says he's working with teachers to restructure contracts before the June 30th deadline.
“July 1st we would like to have a new contract in place that will help save teachers positions and teaching assistant positions and right now on the table we have a package that would help save a few jobs.”
The board will discuss if it wants to go through a second budget vote, or go straight to the contingency budget. There seems to be plenty of support for another vote.