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.
Salvation Army Kicks Off for Christmas
November 16, 2012
Big Flats (WENY): We've all seen those red kettles outside of our favorite stores this time of year, and that could only mean one thing; The Salvation Army is getting ready for Christmas.
Christmas Carrolls echoed through the Arnot Mall Friday afternoon as the Salvation Army held its annual Christmas Kettle Kick-off. The Salvation Army's Ithaca Band, along with representatives from the Elmira, Sayre, and Corning branches were all there to get the word out, encouraging shoppers to make donations. Major John Haggerty of the Salvation Army in Elmira says, "I've been doing this for 25 years and I'm always so humbled that people come and give these things to us, and we make sure that we give them out to people who need that assistance."
Money collected from the red kettles goes towards feeding families who might otherwise, not eat during the holidays. The donations also provide Christmas presents for needy children, as well as funds for community projects like local food pantries, and after school programs.
The Salvation Army in Corning has set a goal of $72,000 thousand this year. Last year's goal took a big hit, but they're hoping things will fair a little better this year with their team Corning website. Corning Kettle Coordinator, Barbara O'Brian told us, "We do have the online Red Kettle that people can donate online to the Salvation Army in Corning.It's www.onlineredkettle.org/teamcorning. And people can go on the computer and donate whatever they want."
You can also donate to the Salvation Army anywhere Angel Trees are set up. And, hosting a toy drive is a great way to give back if you're a local business looking to help out.