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.
Basics of NY Health Insurance Marketplace
ELMIRA (WENY) -- Come Tuesday, New York's new health insurance marketplace will be open for business. The goal is to bring affordable insurance plans to individuals and small business owners.
The marketplace is for people without insurance, and those who want options.
"We all have needs and unfortunately many people who don't have coverage, can't afford the coverage," says Veronica Hart, Director of Temporary Assistance and Medicaid. "So the intent is for it to be affordable to get them the coverage, so they're not running into the medical expenses that many do."
Cost will vary, based on location, and other risk factors.
You can estimate your cost on the "New York State of Health" website: http://healthbenefitexchange.ny.gov/premiumestimator
People will be able to customize their level of coverage. Less expensive plans mean higher out of pocket costs and vice-versa.
Now that New York has set up the system, it will continue to make insurance options available to state residents, even if republicans in congress succeed in rolling back Obamacare.
"We are opening our doors on Tuesday and we look forward to offering quality affordable coverage to New Yorkers," says Danielle Holohan, Deputy Director of New York State of Health.
As it stands now, people have until March 1 to get insured or face the penalty. Those who are uninsured and don't pick one by then have to pay $95 or one percent of their taxable income -- whichever's greater.
If you sign up by December 14, coverage will begin on January 1.