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.
Emergency Radio Upgrades
For years, volunteer Fire Departments in Chemung County have been dealing with inadequate radio technology.
Chemung County (WENY) - For years, volunteer Fire Departments in Chemung County have been dealing with inadequate radio technology. Well now that's changing, and fire chiefs around Chemung county couldn't be happier. Right now an HD television signal can interrupt a emergency call to fire departments throughout the county. The grant money will be used to upgrade the system so people and fire crews are safer.
“The system we're using now is basically stone age technology as far as radios are concerned,” says West Elmira Fire Chief Jack LeValley. “We have a hard time talking across my own district due to geographical problems and buildings.”
LaValley says radio calls cut in and out, making it hard for firefighters to communicate, and County Executive Tom Santulli Agrees this is a serious problem.
"We live in a valley so obviously communication is a heck of a lot harder than it is if we lived in a flat area, here there is a ton of dead spots,” says Santulli.
The plan is to upgrade and build new get new radio towers, upgrade the Chemung county 911 dispatch center, and connect with the existing fiber optic broadband system.
“The communication system that we will be upgrading to will allow us to communicate not only with my people clearly but I’ll be able to talk to adjoining departments and everyone else, with no problem whatsoever,” says Chief LaValley.
“What this is the county changing our infrastructure, as the county is responsible for the dispatching and the 911 center and all the towers and that's where this money is going to go,” says Santulli.
At this point County Executive Tom Santulli says the project could cost more than $6 million but the grant will go a long way and save taxpayers in the end.