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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.
Heater Caused Overnight Elmira Fire
ELMIRA (WENY) -- After standing tall for almost 32 years, S & S Alignment in Elmira is going to work even harder to make a come back. A late night fire nearly destroyed everything inside teh famly-owned shop. The cause is a kerosene heater, known as a salamander heater typically used outdoors for construction.
"It was a construction type heater that is not permitted to be in that type of occupancy. It's for construction purposes only not for supplemental heating," said Joe Martino, Elmira Fire Marshall.
Volunteers have been at the shop all day mopping water up and boarding the windows up. The owners say, it isn't goodbye to their customers just yet. "I'm just sorry that this happened and we hope to be back to help them again," said Bob Sterling. "Lord willing we'll be back. He's good to us."
Prayers and support are keeping the family going after nearly a total loss.
"People have brought us donuts and coffee. We have two boxes of donuts, so we are going to be very well fed. We also had some people come by and just pray with us, which is going to be which is helpful," said Sterling.
He says they're waiting for their insurance company to see if and when they could rebuild. However, he says it could be a few days before they know what they're going to do.
Meantime, just across the street, at Express Lube, they're ready to extend a helping hand.
"The owner here did give me permission to go over and talk to him and let him know that if he needed to use the shop after hours or anything like that, try to make some money, they're more than welcome," said Joshua Cook.