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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.
Reaction To State Of The Union Address
ELMIRA---(WENY) Tuesday night, President Barack Obama addressed the nation with his State of the Union Address from the White House.
WENY Political Analyst, Dr. Jim Twombly weighed in on the President's speech saying, "I thought it wasn't a very inspiring speech, but I think it was very technical, a bit wonky, focusing on public policy...a long list of things like many state of the union addresses do."
In his speech, President Obama called for this to be a year of action, saying 2014 could be a breakthrough year for the country.
He called to mind that as a nation, we've seen the lowest unemployment rate in five years and America is back on top, beating out China as the number one place to invest in.
Dr. Twombly says the President tried to be conciliatory at times during his speech. However, much of the Republican reaction is focusing on Obama's promise to expand opportunities for Americans without Congress if need be.
The President also spoke on bringing more jobs back to the US by making a commitment to American energy, extracting natural gas safely, and improving American roads and bridges. He called on Congress to protect over 3 million jobs by finishing transportation and waterways bills by this summer.
Dr. Twombly says, "We've needed infrastructure reform for a long time. Not only would NY and the Southern Tier benefit from that, but the nation as a whole would benefit from revitalizing our infrastructure."
To read the full transcript of the State of the Union address, visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/01/28/president-barack-obamas-state-union-address .