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.
Southern Tier Receives Affordable Housing Fund
(WENY) -- $14 million is coming to housing agencies across New York state to help with affordable housing.
Here in the Southern Tier, upwards of a million dollars will help low-income homeowners make home improvements.
These highly competitive awards are provided by the Affordable Housing Corporation.
The purpose of the grants are to rehabilitate and construct low and moderate income homes.
Funding support for low income communities to drive the local economy.
Four not-for-profit organizations in the Southern Tier will be receiving state aid to improve living conditions.
Those organizations include Better Housing for Tompkins County, Arbor Housing and Development in Steuben County, Tioga Opportunities and Near Westside Neighborhood Association in Chemung County.
"The housing stock here in Elmira is really old. And it's really difficult to pay for all those repairs so this program helps out," said Beth Farr, Executive Director at Near Westside Neighborhood Association.
Farr says they've reached the end of their funding from 3 years ago.
The $300,000 dollars they'll get will be used to rehabilitate 20 affordable housing units throughout the city of Elmira, not just the west side.
The organization will cover a minimum of 60% of home repair costs.
"Typically we do roof repairs, plumbing, heating, energy... and health issues," said Farr.
Qualifying for affordable housing all depends on family size and income.
For example, a family of four must have a maximum income of $49,200.
Better Housing for Tompkins county will receive $300,000 to support 24 homes in the Ithaca area.
"As affluent as Ithaca is or seems. as soon as you go a few miles out of the city, it's pretty amazing the condition under which some people are living," said Christine Carreiro of Better Housing for Tompkins County.
Are you elidgible for affordable housing in your county? Click on the links below to find out.