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.
Rash of Animal Cruelty Cases
ELMIRA (WENY) -- Over the past month, at least five cases of animal cruelty have been reported in the Twin Tiers.
It al started with a dog who was found frozen to death in an upside down crate in Farmington Township at the end of January. State Police in Mansfield charged 27-year-old Matthew Stone with animal cruelty for the dog.
Then just days later, a five-year-old Doberman named Diesel was found completely malnourished in his Elmira home.
Next, 35-year-old Hyacinth Stone of Watkins Glen was arrested on January 31 for leaving a dog in a kennel in his own urine and feces.
This past weekend Elmira Fire Department responded to what they thought was a structure fire, but when they got to the scene, they found this cat was set on fire. Police are still investigating the case.
And just today, a Mansfield man was charged with animal cruelty because he didn't give several cows access to clean and sanitary shelter.
"Well, recently we've been hearing a couple of cases of cruelty in the news, so it reminds people to take a look at what's going on in their neighborhoods," said Animal Control Officer Tabatha Brown. "Even if they're not sure what's going on, that's what animal control is for we can go and check it out for you."
In New York and Pennsylvania, animal cruelty could be a violation, misdemeanor or felony, depending on the severity. Diesel is one of the fortunate few, saved before it's too late. He's at the Elmira Animal Shelter, recovering.
"He's doing a lot better," said Officer Brown. "He's gained another 6 1/2 pounds this week, so he's up to 56 pounds now. He's doing much better, getting excited and getting his pet back. He's feeling a lot better."
The community has come together to help the dog. Neighbors, customers at the Sand Dollar in Elmira and the Arnot Ogden Operating room have collected and donated money for Diesel's medical expenses.
The Shelter wants thank everyone for their kind donations for Diesel. They have enough money and supplies for him, but donations are always welcome for other shelter expenses.