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.
The Super Shoveler of Elmira
February 6, 2014
ELMIRA (WENY) -- He's the superhero of the sidewalks. The super shoveler of Elmira.
"I'm shoveling, helping people out with their sidewalks and driveways and getting some money."
That's 11 year old Chavez Jordan of Elmira. Who took a regular snow day and made it into a lucrative day.
"Kellie: So how did you do today? Chavez: Um, I did pretty good actually. Kellie: Yah? How much did you make so far? Chavez: I made $20.52."
Chavez woke up and saw his block was completely snow covered. Instead of waiting for the plows, this 5th grader at Big Flats grabbed his shovel and got to work. Turning it into a way to help his neighbors and make a little extra cash. The epitome of entrepreneurship. A future business leader of America.
"I gotta buy me a phone card," said Chavez.
And not only did he help plow the neighborhood, he helped saved me when my car got stuck in the middle of the road. The driveway was too snow covered to pull down and the side roads were too snowy to park. But not to worry. it was super shoveler to the rescue and I was quickly saved by an 11 year old with a mean arm.
"I helped one house so far and helped you get unstuck," said Chavez.
Proving that in times of need or distress people really do come together. And a little act of kindness goes a long way. So if you're ever in need of a shovel or your car gets stuck. Call Chavez. He's certain to be there when you need him.
Kellie Meyer WENY News.