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.
State Grants Awarded to So. Tier Libraries
ELMIRA (WENY) -- Steele Memorial Library is among 10 libraries in the Southern Tier getting help for renovations through New York's Library Construction Grant Programs.
The grant program helps libraries make renovations, upgrades, and become fully accessible for people with disabilities.
Construction that needs to be done in state libraries totals more than $2 billion.
Steele Memorial Library is going to start to work on some of that construction. The library got close to $60,000 to completely replace its elevator that's broken down close to 30 times over the past two years.
"There are timea where we've actually had the fire department come in and bring someone down the stairs because the elevator broke and it's a 31, 32 year old elevator, it's the original, so it's kind of past it's useful life," said Ronald Shaw, Director, Chemung County Library District.
Here is a full list of grants awarded in the Southern Tier:
- Steele Memorial Library (Chemung County), $59,482 to replace theelevator
- Dutton S. Peterson Memorial Library (Schuyler), $8,073 for roof
- Montour Falls Memorial Library (Schuyler), $5,250 for the
installation of two furnaces
- Avoca Free Library (Steuben), $3,887 for overall building safety
renovations and improvements
- Cohocton Public Library (Steuben), $6,000 for energy efficiency
- Savona Free Library (Steuben), $4,762 for the installation of a new staircase to enhance safety and accessibility, and additional disabled parking accommodations
- Southeast Steuben County Library in Corning (Steuben County), $74,919 for broadband connectivity and window replacements;
- Southern Tier Library System (Steuben), $16,000 for meeting room
accessibility, energy efficiency and broadband improvements;
- Wimodaughsian Free Library (Steuben), $7,244 for a new handicap
accessible front door; and
- Penn Yan Public Library (Yates), $166,394 for exterior improvements including parking lot upgrades, outdoor lighting and handicap accessibility.