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.
Car Thefts in Chemung County
There's been enough car break-ins this week in Erin and Horseheads to grab the attention of both neighbors and police.
ERIN (WENY) -- Early Wednesday morning, neighbors were woken up by state troopers who were checking out cars in people's driveways on Shamrock Drive. Over 10 vehicles were broken into on the street -- usually a quiet place where things are for the most part, left unlocked.
The thieves went through glove compartments, stealing GPS systems, iPods, iPads and cash. One neighbor's car window was even smashed open with a brick. Her purse was taken, which had her driver's license and all of her credit cards.
Shannon McInerney says her van was broken into, but nothing was taken. "I heard my husband at 5:30 in the morning talking to somebody who doesn't usually talk to anyone in the neighborhood at that hour," said McInerney. "So, when I got up to find out what was going on, he told me the state police were up in our neighborhood this morning checking with residents to see if their cars had been broken into or if there's something abnormal in the area."
"Actually, we came out Wednesday morning, and we noticed the cars had been gone through," added neighbor Robert Costley. "They took a couple [of things], my GPS and some cash out of my wife's van."
The Chemung County Sheriff's Department confirms that they are working with the state police to investigate the recent larcenies, and so far, no suspects have been identified.