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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.
Watching WENY-TV in HD
TWIN TIERS (WENY) -- On April 23, 2012, WENY-TV made history, becoming the first local television station in the Twin Tiers to broadcast your local news in HD.
But many viewers still are watching in standard definition. To make the jump, you'll need three things.First, of course, you need an HDTV. Chances are if you bought a flat-panel television some time in the last decade, its HDTV-ready. But if it's a tube television, you're out of luck.
Second, an HD signal. If you get WENY-TV on a cable or satellite provider, our newscasts on ABC and CBS should be in H-D. If it isn't, call your provider.
If you have Time Warner basic cable (without a cable box) or if you watch us over-the-air with an antenna, you need to watch the HD subchannels. These can vary, but normally will be 36.1 for ABC and 36.2 for CBS.
And over the air, only our ABC channel is H-D.
Third, you'll need cables that can carry that HD signal. Component cables and HDMI cables are commonly used with cable boxes and are great for HDTVs. But composite cables --which have yellow, red and white wires -- are standard definition only.
Even though people think coaxial cables are old-school, they too can can carry an HD signal -- convenient for people using basic cable or an antenna.
So if you've spent hundreds, maybe thousands of dollars on an HDTV, why watch the news in standard definition?