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.
Improvements Possible for Dunn Field
Opening day for Dunn Field is just a week away. For fans, improvements to the field could be in the future.
May 29, 2014
ELMIRA (WENY) -- Opening day for Dunn Field is just a week away. For fans, improvements to the field could be in the future.
The City of Elmira will vote next week on applying for a state grant to help pay for infrastructure improvements. This would include things like sidewalks, seats or other liabilities.
Mayor Sue Skidmore says Dunn Field has seen a lot of growth in recent years and they want to keep building on that. She says whatever money they can get from the grant, they'll take.
Councilmember Dan Royal says it isn't just Dunn Field that needs infrastructure improvements, the pool in Brant Park needs them too. He hoped they could put in for a grant application to get some sort of vision of reuse.
Councilmember Dan Royle from District Five said, "I probably would have chose the pool at this point because of the terrible condition that it is in. Not that the field isn't important because it is, the both of them are. But I would like to see us really go after aggressively doing something with that pool."
Mayor Sue Skidmore added, "it's not being used now, you get 4,000 people two days a week in Dunn Field, you know where's my liability, it's not in some place that isn't being used it's in some place that is being used so that's the most important thing for us right now."
Mayor Skidmore added they have to approve anything they do with the pool through the state first. She says they hope to apply next year for the funding.
City Council will vote on authorizing the grant application when it meets 7 p.m. Monday on the second floor of City Hall.