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.
Shooting Investigation Continues
ELMIRA (WENY) -- Police are actively searching for suspects involved in Sunday's shooting. They don't believe it was a random act. However neighbors are concerned-- the bullets hitting too close for comfort.
Tammy Jones who lives by the scene said, " It's all children and families here."
The suspects fled by foot and are still on the run.
"I'm hoping they catch him sooner than later," said Jones. "I mean it can happen again if it's someone who was in this area they were shooting at to begin with."
Daniel Zorich home to shattered glass. His door was hit with a stray bullet.
"It gets you about a couple hours later, 2-3 hours later all of a sudden you start getting upset about it and then you realize it's just one of them freak things," said Zorich. "It's not intentional at me or anything. What I was concerned with there's so many kids who play around out here and I heard some of them were out at the time."
The shooting happened just blocks away from from Elmira College. Mike Rodgers, Vice President/ Cheif of Staff at the college said they warned students properly sending them e-mail notification almost immediately.
"We're all a little more vigilant and we try to communicate with students about what they should do if they see something or how they should respond," said Rodgers.
William Solt of the Elmira Police Department says, "It is believed that the suspects and the alleged victims knew each other. It's not believed to be a random act."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Investigator Ellis at (607)-737-5614 or (607)-271-HALT.