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.
Local Veteran Receives Home Makeover
ERIN (WENY)--- Christmas came early for one local veteran.
Sergeant Robert Costley was honored Sunday for his service with a free home makeover thanks to the nationwide non-profit organization, Renovating Hope. It's an instance when we can serve those who serve our country.
War Veteran and Elmira native, Sgt. Robert Costley says, "This is my Christmas present there, the kids you know they'll have their Christmas present, but this is my Christmas present."
Iraq War Veteran, Robert Costley, is talking about his newly renovated home. Five weeks ago his Erin house, the one his wife grew up in, was in bad shape. Today, it looks completely different, thanks to the non-profit organization RenovatingHope and Home Depot. RenovatingHope was founded by Paul Hoffecker. He travels throughout the country, renovating homes for soldiers in need.
"Every time we've done one of these projects around the country from the time of despair when we meet them with their head down, these soldiers, their wives and their kids, from the time we leave, they are upright, they are grateful and they realize now they have a shot," said Hoffecker.
"I never imagined something like this was going to happen," said Robert. "When Paul called me I thought it would be some paint but nothing to this scale," said Robert.
Now, Robert's home is coated with fresh paint, two new decks, new doors and windows, siding, along with a new bath and kitchen.
It's been a difficult few years for Robert, his wife and his five children. He's still recovering after an improvised explosive device caused brain damage and physical injuries.
Paul says Justin Thomas, a Contractor for Home Depot, was his right hand man. Thomas thanked Paul for his service saying, "to your family and to you, from the Home Depot family of well over 3,000 associates, thank you for your service and your sacrifice."
Clinton Stratton, the Manager of the Ithaca Home Depot, had a major role in the project. "We have a lot of associates that are veterans and family of veterans so it really hits home when we are able to help out like this."
Robert says, "It's a big weight off of our shoulders, the house really needed a lot of help and now I don't have to worry about that. I can now concentrate on other things."
It's a christmas present too big to fit under the tree, and a chance for the community to serve those who serve our country.