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.
Johnson City Officer Laid to Rest
JOHNSON CITY (WENY)-- Streets were lined with hundreds of people Friday afternoon in Johnson City as neighbors remembered fallen Police Officer David Smith.
Smith was shot and killed on Monday by a man named James Clark. Investigators still don't know the motive.
"One time I didn't have money and he gave me money. One time I didn't have food and he gave me food," said Joanne Fredericks. "He was friendly in that way and I just appreciated him. So, when I heard he died I was upset."
Smith is being remembered as a caring and giving officer. Family members say Smith achieved his dream when he joined the police force. The loss has been difficult, but community members say his legacy will live on.
"They get up every morning and they go to work and they don't expect this to happen, nobody does. And it's unfortunate what happened very unfortunate," said David Mastrogiacomo.
He was a an officer with the Johnson City Department for almost 20 years, very involved with the community, and a member of Sara Jane Johnson United Methodist Church-- where the service was held.
"It was just a very moving ceremony," said Major Donald Faughnan, Sidney Troop Commander. "It was sad to see the flag presented to Officer Smiths's son and his wife and mother. It certainly one of the more moving parts of this funeral today."
Officer Smith was given a proper military style funeral with full honors.
Officers traveled from near and far, standing tall in honor of their fallen comrade. About twenty officers from the Elmira Police Department, retired officers and the entire honor guard traveled to Johnson City.
"We're here to represent the City of Elmira," said Captain Tony Alvernaz. "The entire City mourns for Johnson City and this whole area. It's the very least we could do- is to show up and show we care and support them."
Officer Smith was laid to rest at Chenango Valley Cemetery. He's survived by his wife and young son. A memorial fund has been set up in Smith's name at Horizons Credit Union in Binghamton.