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 Homicide Investigation Continues
Police called in the early morning hours on Saturday to a serious assault in Elmira.
ELMIRA (WENY) -- Elmira police confirm 22-year-old Ellis Kittles of Elmira was stabbed and killed early Saturday morning, at the intersection of South Main Street and West Chemung Place.
Kittles was found laying on the ground with stab wounds - he was pronounced dead at Arnot Ogden Medical Center soon after.
A candlelight vigil was held for Ellis Kittles last night, where over 200 people attended.
The victim's family and friends and they still can't believe what happened.
"It was petty, he wasn't a real threat to nobody out here. He was a young kid like me, trying to make it," said Messiah, Kittles' cousin.
All morning, friends and family stopped by his makeshift memorial to pay their respects.
Including his 3 year old son, Jahvier who came to say his final goodbye.
"I came here to put an angel, a glass angel with his son's name on it and balloons," said Jodi Meisner, Jahvier's mother. "And let his son let go balloons for him."
Meisner says she doesn't know exactly what happened, but she does know her son no longer has a father.
Police are calling it a homicide, but haven't released any information on a suspect or events leading up to the stabbing.
Kittles' family says they are heartbroken, waiting for justice.
"For you to stab him, take his life and just leave him there, it's kind of messed up," said Messiah. "It really hurts."
One neighbor was so shaken up, she didn't want to go on camera but she says he's ready to move.
"It's scary. I got three kids, said the neighbor. "It's not anything I want them to be around."
The neighbor says she woke up to Police knocking on her door to question her.
She says she used to live in the apartment where the alleged dispute began.
"We had intentions of moving before this happened. But this is the icing on the cake."
The Elmira Police Department is actively following up on leads in this case, but no arrests have been made.
They ask anyone with information to contact them at 607-737-5626.