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.
25 Bills to Combat Heroin Uptick
ALBANY (WENY) -- For weeks and weeks, New York State Senators listened to people from Albany to Elmira who have seen the impact of heroin and opioids first hand. Some overcame addictions, others lost loved ones.
The Senate formed a Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction in April and has hosted 18 public forums on the growing crisis throughout the state.
After hearing from former addicts, law enforcement, counselors, and families who have lost loved ones to addictions, they've proposed 25 pieces of legislation covering education and prevention, treatment and stricter criminal penalties.
New proposals from the Senate's Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction would expand access to addiction services, including detoxification and transitional services for people in recovery, and working with insurance companies for determining coverage.
State Senator Tom O'Mara is a member of the Task Force and hosted a public forum at Elmira College on May 16.
"We're looking at streamlining the process for insurance companies to allow authorization for individuals to get into treatment," said Senator O'Mara. "And certainly trying to avoid anyone getting in the addiction and trying these drugs in the first place through prevention and awareness courses."
Lawmakers say there is power in education as well. They're initiating awareness and education program through the Department of Health and The Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services
And on the law enforcement side, they're calling for stricter crime penalties for drug dealers.
"Including a homicide statute for a criminal that sells drugs to somebody that ultimately overdoses and dies. An A-1 Felony will result. I think that will put a lot of heat on the drug dealers," said Sen. O'Mara.
The Task Force is confident this legislative package will pass the senate within the next few weeks. They urge the assembly to pass it as well and say if it isn't passed they'll ask Governor Cuomo to have a special summer session to approve the bills.