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 Sidewalks Clean
ELMIRA (WENY) -- Now that it's finally warming up, people are doing some Spring Cleaning. But it's causing some eye sores and hefty code violations.
Just driving around Elmira, it's easy to spot tires, couches and tables on sidewalks. That junk is a violation of the City's code of ordinances.
If violators don't clear it within 48 hours of getting a notice, they could be hit with a fee of at least $100. It all depends on how many items need to be picked up and how many workers are needed.
"Clean it up yourself it's cheaper than us," said City of Elmira Code Enforcement Director, Rocco Picarazzi. "Don't disregard the violation order and then call when you get the bill because at that point it's too late and we can't do anything about it."
People who need assistance can stop by the city clerk's office to set up a date to use a dump truck for yard waste overnight for $30. Or for $10 people can arrange with the clerk to leave an appliance, overstuffed couch or chair on the curb on a specific date.
Refrigerators and Freezers will not be removed.
"It's an eyesore and it distracts from neighborhoods and everything. People that do maintain get upset with people that don't," said Picarazzi.
If you'd like to use the two programs the city offers, call the City clerk at 737-5673