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.
Airport Snow Clearing
BIG FLATS---(WENY) Winter travel can always be a little tricky, given the weather- and this time around is no different.
Al Millanette, a passenger on his way to Florida said, "We're awaiting a plane that's coming from Detroit to take us back there, so we can get to Ft. Meyers. We've been delayed two hours and it'll probably be about 8:00 tonight before we make it back there."
It can definitely be a hassle, but to help make sure you get to where you're going in a snow storm, crews at Elmira-Corning Airport are working day and night to keep things running smoothly.
Elmira-Corning Director of Aviation, Ann Crook said, "They came in at 3 am this morning. Our first flights leave at 6 am, so they come in at 3 to make sure we're ready to go for those 6am departures."
Airport Maintenance Worker, PJ Wheeler explained, "We could be here for a couple days or a few hours depending on what Mother Nature gives us."
They plow, brush, and sand the runway to ensure a safe take off and landing on the airport's eight thousand feet of runway. However, it's just another day on the job for them, and it doesn't usually take as long as you might think.
Wheeler says, "If we just broom the runway, it could take up to 15 minutes to a half an hour if we have all the equipment running." It's all in an effort to keep things at the airport running smoothly.
As always, if you are taking a flight somewhere in this weather, it's a good idea to make sure you check your flight status early to prepare for any delays and cancellations.