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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.
MLK Day in the Twin Tiers
January 20, 2014
TWIN TIERS (WENY) -- In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Food Bank of the Southern Tier is hosting more than 100 volunteers for a National Day of Service and MLK DAY. Volunteers will sort and repackage bulk food for distribution to neighbors in need. Today is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service, a "day on, not a day off". It's to honor Dr. King's legacy and is an opportunity for Americans to renew their own personal vows of citizenship through service to others. The Food Bank MLK event starts at 10:00AM at the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, 388 Upper Oakwood Avenue, Elmira.
The Economic Opportunity Program of Chemung and Schuyler Counties as well as community volunteers will serve and/or deliver a free turkey dinner to the needy, homeless, elderly, persons with disabilities and homebound. It's for the 16th Annual 'Together We Dine' free community dinner in observance of the 'A Day On! Not a Day Off!' Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event. It starts at noon and goes until 2:00PM at the Ernie Davis Community Center at 350 E. Fifth Street in Elmira.
Ithaca College has some events scheduled for MLK day, including a talk from a human rights award winner. This year's campus wide celebration is themed 'A Single Garment of Destiny' from a phrase use frequently by King. All events are free and open to the public. At 4PM in Phillips Hall, Librada Paz, a leader in New York's farmworker rights movement will host her talk. Other events include panel discussions, workshops and a concert. More details can be found at www.ithaca.edu/mlkday
Those looking to attend some of the MLK events throughout Tompkins County today can still use TCAT to get around. TCAT is operating on a normal schedule on Martin Luther King Day. TCAT officials say they hope it helps locals attend various celebrations throughout the area.
And join us Monday night right here on WENY as we celebrate Martin Luther King Day. Starting tonight at 7:00 PM on WENY ABC, we have a special on MLK Day. Join us as we go into to the community around the Twin Tiers to find out what this day means to many in our area. We hope you will join us for this special tribute.