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.
Heating Bills on the Rise
ELMIRA (WENY) -- Some things are easy to save energy, like turning off a light when you're not in a room or bundling up with more blankets and layers; however, that might not be enough. This Winter's brutal temperatures have some people energy bills hitting an all time high.
"It's actually a lot colder outside as we've noticed. Sales of insulation and heating supplies have gone astronomically out the door," said Max Bernhard, Horseheads Do It Center.
That's where Dave Baker and the Energy Service Bureau come in. They provide free weatherization services to people living in Chemung and Schuyler Counties who are eligible based on their income.
"So we aim this at the wall and we'll see blue and red and tell us where the heat is being lost through the wall itself," said Bernhard.
That's just one of many things they do for people who are eligible. They also make sure your furnace is in check and seal windows and doors.
"Right now we're weatherizing for people who called last year around January or so. They called and gave us their basic information," said Bernhard.
Support is based on things like household size and income. If you don't qualify, you can always keep warm by doing it yourself.
Some simple solutions that can make a world of a difference are window insulation kits and weather tape you stick on your windows or doors. Then there's some other things that require a little more work.
"They can insulate their pipes to keep them from freezing, number one. Number two, insulate the walls with good insulation," said Bernard.
To apply for the program or for more information you can call the Bureau at:
Chemung Co. (607) 734-0795
Schuyler Co. (607) 535-2468