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.
Gov. Cuomo Pitches Heroin Legislation
ELMIRA (WENY) -- Paramedics with Erway Ambulance use Naloxone, a heroin and opioid overdose antidote, up to 10 times a week to help people here locally who are potentially seconds from death.
"The potential to saves lives is huge," said Rick Kimball, Director of Personnel and Operations Supervisor.
Erway has had the life-saving kits for over 30 years now. New legislation proposed by Governor Cuomo would put Naloxone in the hands of every first responder.
"The police and the firefighters can get to the scene much quicker than the ambulance in a lot of the situations," said Kimball.
According to the Governor, a major demographic using heroin are people between the ages of 18 and 24.
So, his new initiative also includes an awareness campaign on state campuses and made available to private colleges as well.
"This state has a serious problem with heroin. And it has been growing and it is getting worse. And it is of epidemic proportions at this point," said Gov. Cuomo.
He said one third of heroin seizures by the Drug Enforcement Administration throughout the country come from New York State.
As part of his approach, 100 experienced investigators will also be added to the State Police Community Narcotics Enforcement Team, nearly doubling it. There are five CNET units throughout the state. The closest one in the Southern Tier is in Vestal. CNET units help local departments that sometimes lack resources to have many investigators working undercover.
Earlier this week, the New York State Senate passed nearly two dozen bills to help combat heroin addiction. The Assembly hasn't approved the bills yet and neither has Governor Cuomo.
The Senate hopes to have its proposed anti-heroin laws enacted before the legislative session ends next week.