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.
S & S Alignment Benefit
ELMIRA (WENY) -- The Sterling family lost everything but hope when their auto shop went up in flames earlier this year.
Now the community is putting together a benefit to rebuild their original shop.
32 years of business and still growing strong after a massive fire destroyed the inside of their business back in february.
"It's up and down, our friends and families and our customers have been great," says Steven Sterling. "Yea, it's been good."
S & S Alignment was only out of business for a few weeks after the fire. They are now relocated to a shop on Davis Street in Elmira but they are looking to go back to the shop they call home.
The Sterling family continues to serve the community but they only have a few tools and a limited shop.
That is what motivated Eric Kocianski to put together the S&S Benefit.
"I know it's been tough on them," says Kocianski. "That's their only source of income. So, you know. Now they're trying to rebuild."
Friends, family and strangers a like are coming together to help a family business in need.
Quentin Harriger, a performer at the event, never met the Sterlings but he says he wants to support.
"To give a little bit of your time on a sunday, to hopefully make somebody's life a little bit better is why, I think all of us teamed up to do this benefit," says Harriger.
The Sterlings have attended benefits for other people but never knew his family was loved this much.
"I never thought that would ever happen," says Sterling. "I figured we would get through with what we had like we always do and be ok."
The family is thankful and hopeful to be back at their old location on College Avenue in September.
"Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers and thank you to everyone that helped us."