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.
$5.2M Elmira Intersection Project
ELMIRA -- [WENY] It's one of the most dangerous intersections in Elmira. With minimal sidewalks and five roads coming together.
But, a 5.2 million dollar project could soon change the North Main Street intersection making it more comfortable for drivers and pedestrians to navigate.
"Here we go again folks, we're talking about a roundabout.. the roundabout will be placed at that triangle where Evergreen and Savino's and the Wilson farms are," said Sue Skidmore, Elmira Mayor.
The City has applied for a state grant for a new traffic plan there, including a roundabout, sidewalks, lighting and greenery.
"What's there now? Well a lot of broken concrete, broken asphalt traffic lights, non function, well they function, but you know it would be nice if they were part of the coridor, so we could get them timed, so when you hit it and there's no other traffic it'll change for you," said Mayor Skidmore.
The application calls for 80 percent state funding with a 20 percent local match.
It first goes to the regional board then moves on to the state Department of Transportation where the grant application will comnpete against other proposals across the state.
"It really provides safe routes for pedestrians and bicyclists and connects really the educational coridor with the college down to downtown," said Matthew Hourihan, senior engineer for the City of Elmira.
If they get the money, city leaders hope to have the final designs done by next year the project finished by 2018