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.
Keeping Hydrants Clear
ELMIRA (WENY) -- This slippery and subzero weather has dumped more than a foot of snow in some areas of the Twin Tiers over the past few months, making things more challenging for our fire fighters battling flames.
"In winter weather obviously it's a little harder," said Captain Bill Gillette, Elmira Fire Department. "There's some hindrances that happen when we're throwing water. There's potential for slips and falls."
The Elmira Fire Department responded to a fire that broke out at 2:00 in the morning on February 5, in the middle of a snow storm that dumped 7 inches of snow on the city.
"Heavy snow was falling," said Captain Gillette. "The guys were met with severe temperatures, severe weather conditions, snow precipitation, immediate freezing. It doesn't make it any easier."
However, that's not the only thing they worry about around this time of year. captain Gillette says blocked hydrants could cost his team valuable time while fighting a blaze. He says sometimes every second counts.
"Any help that you can do in your neighborhoods when cleaning off the hydrants is a big help to us because you're also helping yourself in potentially your neighbors," said Capt. Gillette.
Bryan MacArthur lives near one that is blocked off and says this Winter has been particularly brutal.
"The houses around here, usually everyone gets together and we're good about shoveling each other's walks and stuff, if they notice it needs to be done " said MacArthur. "But I didn't realize it was part of our duty, I thought the city did it. Now that I know it will be taken care of."
As plows drive around clearing our streets, it's typical for snow banks to build up around hydrants. The fire department keeps track of all the hydrants and clears them where they can, but community help will make a difference.