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.
Local Reaction To State Of The State Address
ELMIRA---(WEN) Friday a member of Governor Andrew Cuomo's cabinet stopped by Chemung County to break down Wednesday's State of the State Address.
Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner, Barbara Fiala visited the Chemung County Legislative Chambers to lay out where New York stands and where it's headed in the future. She called to mind the progress New York has made since Governor Cuomo took office, saying New York is now number two in the nation for job creation, and the state has gone from a $10 billion deficit to $2 billion surplus. It's a far cry from the days when New York was the subject of many jokes on late night TV, according to Fiala who said, "For the first time we have real financial discipline and held spending at 2%."
In staying the course, part of Governor Cuomo's Plan For 2014 is to bring in more business to New York by eliminating the 6% tax for manufacturers, and placing a freeze on property taxes for two years.
Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli says, "I think those are two very, very important points that need to be made and two pieces of legislation that need to be passed if we're gonna do something to start reducing property taxes in the state."
George Miner, President of Southern Tier Economic Growth also weighed in saying, "Manufacturers, everybody in upstate is paying the highest taxes in the country. It just puts us behind the 8-ball, so it's just one of those items that just keeps businesses from locating."
Governor Cuomo is also focusing on bringing in more tourism upstate and offering education incentives to both teachers and students.
And, to keep people on New York Roads safer, he's toughening up on DWI and texting while driving penalties. DMV Commissioner Fiala says, "If you are caught drinking and driving or are a teenager and you're caught texting while driving, you will lose your license for one year."
Under the Governor's new plan, If you get three DWI's you will lose your license for good.
To read Governor Cuomo's full State of the State Address visit http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/01092014-transcript-2014-sos