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.
Workers Log More Than 1,000 Hours of OT
ELMIRA (WENY) -- Elmira work crews have been out since Thursday piecing the city back together, and all that work has added up to more than a thousand hours of overtime.
According to the city's Department of Public Works, employees have put in more than 1,000 hours of OT as of Monday. Those hours don't reflect the work of state DOT workers or highway crews from Chemung or Steuben Counties.
All city DPW workers were required to work 12-hour shifts during the state of emergency. Department leaders say those long days are no longer mandated, but many workers are still sticking around to make sure the job gets done.
"We're still a long ways to go but I think everyone's morale is still pretty good," says street supervisor, Shawn Crater. "We should have no problem getting this done within the next few weeks."
Crater says after clean up projects are finished, the next task is to fix damaged sidewalks and roads in Elmira. The 1,100 hours of OT does not include extra work for police officers or firefighters, but Fire Chief Patrick Bermingham says his department was back to normal by early Friday morning.
Mayor Sue Skidmore says she'll a better idea of how much the OT will run the city in about two to three weeks.