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.
No Mandate Relief?
Governor Cuomo got the attention of leaders across New York State today, when he said no more mandate relief is on the way, and local governments have to balance their books on their own
October 22, 2012
Southern Tier (WENY) - Governor Cuomo got the attention of leaders across New York State today, when he said no more mandate relief is on the way, and local governments have to balance their books on their own. Here in the Twin Tiers, leaders are shocked, especially after the governor promised unfunded mandate relief would come hand in hand with the state's property tax cap. Cuomo is citing the fact that he has already given municipalities relief, but Elmira mayor Sue Skidmore says it's not enough. Governor Cuomo says there is nothing more that he can do that hasn't already been done. Cuomo has enacted a cap on the growth in local Medicaid costs for counties and a new, less generous pension tier, which are the two biggest cost drivers for local governments, but local leaders like Elmira Mayor Sue Skidmore and Elmira City Manager John Burin say that's not nearly enough state aid. Cuomo closed $10 million in the state budget gap without raising taxes, but the tax cap is putting pressure on struggling local communities.
“Come on, mandate relief? We've got none. He's continuously creating more mandates when he said he wouldn't and if he thinks that's presidential material for the next time around he's not going to get new york support that's for sure,” says Skidmore.
“I know he did a tax cap and that's good it's a very popular thing but then there's the other side of that. They promised mandate relief and they didn't give it,” says City Manager John Burin.
The Elmira city council is finishing up their budget now and they'll release the details in November.