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.
Frozen Water Safety
ELMIRA---(WENY) We've had a break in the sub-zero temperatures, but unfortunately we're not out of the woods yet. We're due to dive back into the negatives next week, and with those freezing temps comes more safety concerns, particularly when it comes to frozen bodies of water.
Elmira Deputy Fire Chief Dan Sincock says, "Looks can be deceiving on ice because you don't know what's going on beneath that ice."
With temperatures below freezing, plummeting down to 16 below zero in some areas, it may be tempting to take a glide across a frozen pond or lake, but it's just not a good idea.
So far this year, there have been reports of frozen water related deaths in both Chicago and Maryland. None, have been reported in this area so far, and local safety officials hope to keep it that way.
If you do go out on to the water make sure you're not alone, you have floatation devices and emergency numbers on hand.
If you fall in, it only takes a couple of minutes for you to lose your dexterity and for your whole body to go numb. You'll have about 20-30 minutes before hypothermia starts to set in, which can be deadly.
And, definitely stay off of frozen rivers. The current moving beneath can cause variations in ice thickness, leading to even more accidents.
Deputy Chief Sincock says, "There's no such thing as safe ice unless you go to a skating rink such as the first arena we have here or the civic center in Corning. Kids should never go on the ice. Always have an adult with you to check the thickness of the ice. A minimum would be 4-5 inches of ice to walk on."
For more tips to keep you and your family safe, visit www.shipwrite.bc.ca/Chilling_truth.htm