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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.
Raw Sewage Leads to Eviction
ELMIRA (WENY) -- When people living on Juanita Street on the South Side of Elmira called the County's Sewage Department they didn't think anyone would be getting evicted.
Raw sewage is backing up into five houses on Juanita Street. The owners say it's the County's fault, the County says it's the homeowner's responsibility.
"It's gross, we pump it every week every two weeks, now it's full of everything and it smells horrible," said Loni Parker.
Neighbors say the problem started two years ago, when the County changed the sewage line. The County says it only heard of the problem this morning and sent a crew out to check on things this afternoon.
While the sewage crew was there, Code Enforcement showed up, and condemned Loni Parker's home. Her and her family have to be out by 7:00 p.m.
"The owners would have to get a plumber in to see just what's wrong. We talked to the County and they said it's not their problem," said Rocco Picarazzi, Director, Code Enforcement.
Joyce Hanville lives across the street from Parker.
"I've lost a furnace possibly another one I have to redo a bathroom I have two tenants that have moved out, I'm running out of money," said Hanville.
Joyce Hanville cleans her bathroom every single day. She just cleaned her shower last night and less than 24 hours later, there's raw sewage that has made it's way back up into the shower.
Neighbors visibly upset, say it wouldn't be a problem if the County didn't block off the sewer line at the end of the street.
The County says the homeowners need a back flow preventer installed.