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.
School Consolidation Study
ELMIRA HEIGHTS - [WENY] The Elmira Heights and Horseheads School District are facing financial troubles due to rising costs, and lower state aid levels. To combat the problem, both districts are considering a merger. On Monday night, both boards voted on the first step in the process.
Elmira Heights and Horseheads School Districts received nearly $50,000 to study a merger, and its feasibility. The study is going to take more than a year to complete, and study findings would be sent to the New York State Department of Education. The study would look at things like transportation, athletics, and staffing.
Elmira Heights and Horseheads school both approved a timeline, and appointed several board members to a joint planning committee.
Horseheads School Board President Brian Lynch said, "It's great to establish a timeline, there's plenty of work ahead, I think both boards know that of the financial challenge,s and the path that we need to look at, and we will know more in about a year, year and a half."
Elmira Heights School District Superintendent Mary Beth Fiore said, "This is certainly a very long process, we have to do a great job at being thorough, and we will be investigating all of the pros and cons, looking at both short term and long term implications."
In January 2016, the merger would go to a vote, and if it fails in either district, the merger would be thrown out.