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.
Riders Furious Over C-TRAN Service Changes
ELMIRA, NY (WENY) - C-TRAN wants to increase its fares and change some of its routes and that has some bus riders in the Southern Tier furious.
Emotion were at high at the public hearing tonight. Many of the C-TRAN customers argued that their voices haven't been heard and these new changes would affect their quality of life.
"This is public transportation. That's means we're supposed to be able to go to our doctors. We're supposed to be able to go to our grocery stores. We're supposed to be able to go to work," said Sharon Avery, C-TRAN customer.
C-TRAN Bus customers are not giving up just yet. Hoping their voices would be heard down to the very last decision because for many of them the proposed service changes mean life or death.
"The only way he can get back and forth to dialysis is to take the bus and pay," said Tianna Carne, whose father relies on the bus system. "That's what they're trying to take away. The people that pay for their ride. So, someone like him, he would have no way to get back and forth to dialysis. That would literally kill him."
Tianna's father, Vincent Ware has been taking the same bus route for $50 A week for the last 6 years to get medical care under the Dial A Ride program.
But now the funding has been cut for that service and being disabled he doesn't know what he's going to do next.
"I'm not on Medicaid," said Ware. "I'm a paying customer. How do you discriminate against people just because they pay cash?" said Ware.
Because of significant loss in Medicaid funding back in October 2013, Chemung County officials say under the new funding the service changes and rate hikes are what will work.
"As we're looking towards the future, this is not a one time losing a million dollars, this is in the future every year, we'll be without that million dollars," said Tina Hager, Mobility Specialist for C-TRAN.
Due to the loss in funding, a number of changes will occur.
-The #10 Wellsburg, Waverly and Sayre, Pennsylvania route will be completely eliminated except for Medicaid recipients who will receive transportation from the New York State Department of Health.
- #12 Southside loop will be reduced to Evenings, Sundays and holidays.
- The new hospital loop will include the routes that were covered under the St Joseph's, Arnot and a portion of the Golden Glow route.
The second public meeting will be on September 18 @ 1PM, 203 Lake Street Elmira. For more information on C-TRAN service changes, click on the link below.