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.
23rd Congressional Race Heats Up
ELMIRA, NY (WENY)---With just five weeks until the November election, the political back and forth is heating up---now, through e-mail.
Nate Shinagawa and incumbent Tom Reed will face off on November 6th to see who will represent New York's 23rd congressional district.
In an e-mail, Shinagawa attacked Reed's record, saying none of the bills the Republican has sponsored have passed the Republican controlled House of Representatives. Not so fast, says the Reed camp, responding via e-mail.
Shinagawa says, "Congressman Tom Reed has spent two years in Congress, sponsored over fifty pieces of legislation, and none of the bills he has sponsored have become public law, let alone passed the House even when his own party is in power."
Reed's people pointed out that 13 of the bills Reed introduced passed the House of Representatives.
According to fact checking by WENY-TV News through http://www.thomas.gov/, a search engine for The Library of Congress, at least 10 bills Reed sponsored have passed the House of Representatives.
That statement by Shinagawa is half true. While, none of the bills Reed has introduced have become law, at least 10 pieces of legislation have passed the House of Representatives.