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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.
Heroin Task Force Takes to Elmira for Solutions
ELMIRA (WENY) -- It's a common story throughout the country: Prescription painkillers are a gateway to an often deadly addiction.
Andrew Drake hurt his back about ten years ago, working in construction.
"I got prescribed Percocet and Vikodin and then obviously the doctor only keeps you on it for so long and so then I eventually transferred to one of my friends said they can get heroin and that's how I got started on all of that," said Andrew Drake.
After using heroin at least twice a day for 8 years, the Elmira man has been clean for over 9 months.
"My family didn't want me around them, I stole from them, I was just tired of everything. it just wasn't a fun life anymore."
Andrew got out before it was too late.Now on Suboxone and in stage three of treatment at Trinity of Chemung County, he says if he wanted to, he could find heroin in Elmira with in half an hour, for just $5-7 a bag.
Like Andrew, Chris (chose not to share his last name), who lives in Ithaca, went through a downward spiral.
"I ruined every relationship I've ever been in. I hurt people and it's like these skeletons in the closet come back out and haunt me and I was tired of being haunted. I was tired of being a bad person," said Chris.
Chris and Andrew were able to get the help they needed, but that's not always the case.
The New York State Senate Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction has been holding public forums since early April in every region of the state to find out what can be done to combat the growing problem.
"We hear at all of these forums of insurance companies rejecting for individuals to get into an in-patient treatment facility-- Which are lacking in and of themselves, just the facilities to go to," said Senator Tom O'Mara who serves as a member of the task force.
Senator O'Mara says the task force has already started putting legislation together. The last of the forums wrap up within the next few weeks.