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.
New Era For Elmira City School District
ELMIRA, NY (WENY) - The monument to honor the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy and Elmira Free Academy graduate, Ernie Davis will be moving across town.
The Elmira City School Board voted in favor to uproot the statue from the former Ernie Davis Middle School... And now its new home will be at the Ernie Davis Academy.
As middle and high school students head back to class next week, they will be stepping into a new era.
All week students got a chance to tour the new Elmira High School, the Ernie Davis Academy and Broadway Academy to get a first hand look at the changes.
And students may notice a train conductor in the halls, that because it's Elmira Express' new mascot that also comes with a new alma mater.
So as these big changes come to the district, the school board has outlined a new mission statement.
"That commitment to providing an educational opportunity for our students that is preparing them for a future and preparing them to be career and college ready," said Elmira City School District Superintendent Hillary Austin.
"And I know that a lot of my classmates are also really excited that we get to be the first class, we get to be the class that makes history," said Micah Coons, Elmira High School, Senior.
Students from both Southside High School and Elmira Free Academy plan to carry some of the old tradition into the new high school.
The first day of class is next week Wednesday but 9th graders start on Thursday.