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.
Summer Scorchers Begin
ELMIRA (WENY) -- Ready or not, the Summer swelter starts now. July is here and so is the heat.Temperatures climbed in to the 90's for the first time this Summer.
"You do what you can to stay cool. Always keep water on you," said Josh Woodard, a trimmer with the City of Elmira's Buildings and Grounds Department.
For these Crews, the grass is definitely greener, after months and months of plowing and salting roads this Winter.
Magee Park is just one of over 50 places city crews trim every month - a grueling task on a day like today.
"You have a lot of people complaining that the grass is high, so you gotta do what you can to keep up with it," said Woodard.
Crews from Atlantic Testing Labs are also hard at work on Elmira's Southside for a project that'll likely take the whole Summer. Bill Edmister, Assistant Operations Manager says he's constantly looking out for signs of heat stroke.
"We definitely want to keep people hydrated and notice if they show any signs of heat exhaustion, heat stroke or anything like that," said Edmister. "Make sure they have plenty of drinking water. And that if they do get into that situation that we get them out of the sun and take appropriate action to get them cooled down."
Crews from Atlantic Testing Labs are replacing the traffic signal on South Main Street and Pennsylvania Avenue and have several other projects throughout the city as well.
Despite the hot weather expected to stick around for a while, it's more than just getting the job done for Building and Grounds' Josh Woodard.
"It's fun helping the people. When you get done you can look at everything and know you did good," said Woodard. "You can drive through the city and say I did that."
Peak heat hours are from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Other heat related illnesses include heat cramps, heat rash and heat exhaustion.
If there is a heat emergency, call 911 and try to cool the victim down until emergency responders arrive.