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.
Elmira Budget Vote Almost Postponed
ELMIRA (WENY) -- Back in November, Elmira's Interim City Manager unveiled her proposed budget with a 3.97% tax rate increase. Then after public hearings and some changes by Council, she released a revised budget in December. This time it contained a 5.97% increase.
Now, some council members aren't comfortable moving forward with a vote to adopt the spending plan.
"This is not something you decide at the last minute, you do your homework, you move forward," said Councilman Brent Stermer. "It is an increase. If you want changes, we've cut, we've slashed we've pulled it all apart. There's not much more that can be done."
What's ruffling some feathers is that the preliminary budget was published on the city's website, followed by the updated version.
"I'm not sure what I'm going to do for the whole budget, whether I'm going to vote for the budget or not based on that, but I just think the right numbers have to be out there for the public to see," said Councilman Joe Duffy.
The document has since been taken down. City leaders decided not to push back Monday's scheduled vote because it would spell bad news for the city.
"The city has borrowed money expecting to pass a budget on Monday. Although it's a minimal amount, we would lose through interest charges it would effect our bond rating if we don't pass that budget on Monday," said Councilman Stermer.
The budget only needs a popular majority vote to pass. If it doesn't pass, it's back to the drawing board until an agreement is reached.
"It just slows the process down. So should we do that? I'm not so sure," said Elmira Mayor Sue Skidmore. "I mean I understand this is the most emotional part this is where it really effects everybody's pockets."
As it stands the hike breaks down to $60 a year on a house valued at $50,000 or $5 a month. We'll have more on the vote Monday night.