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.
Program of P.E.A.C.E. Hosts Basketball Classic
The tournament was to honor and remember an Elmira Community Leader.
"We're actually honoring a great man and native of Elmira, Reverend Leo Hughey Jr," said Willie Owens, Co-Founder of Program of P.E.A.C.E. "And we're just honoring him for these kids to do something positive like playing basketball."
Reverend Hughey was given the opportunity to play professional basketball twice but gave up that dream to pursue ministry at the Faith Temple Community Church of God in Christ in Elmira.
And to recognize what he did for the city, leaders at Program for P.E.A.C.E. joined with leaders in Newark to spread Positive Education; which is something the late reverend was determined to do.
"We want the kids to know that although you make mistakes, that doesn't have to be your life," said Troy Council, Co-Founder of Program of P.E.A.C.E. "You can always bounce back and change things to the positive."
Kids from Elmira interacted with kids from Newark for some friendly competition but also to learn from each other.
"It helps them to build strong networks and build strong foundational networks and it gives us the opportunity to ultimately have fun," said Patrick Council, who brought over 60 kids from Newark. "To show our kids that there's nothing wrong with having fun as long as we do it in the spirit of good nature and good fun."
So, It was all lay ups and three pointers for PEACE.
"Every saturday, we come out and support Leo Reverend Hughey because he gave up his chance to play professional basketball," said Elijah Evans of Elmira.
"I like that you can relate to everybody," said Joscelyn of Elmira. "They're like family."