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.
Cleaner Energy Headed to Southern Tier
Watkins Glen International Officials Unveil Green Energy Project
May 3, 2012
SCHUYLER CO. (WENY) -- Watkins Glen International is teaming up with a national clean energy leader to bring wind power to four towns in Schuyler and Chemung counties. WGI officials announced they're investing $200 million into a wind farm project, in collaboration with Florida-based company Next Era Energy Resources.
The 50 to 75 turbines will be built on some of WGI's 1,800 acres of land, and throughout the towns of Catlin, Dix, Hector, and Cather-reen. The project would create 200 construction jobs, but it is still in the beginning stages.
Leaders say they've gotten some interest from landowners, but have not started the site plan approval process yet.
"We don't directly benefit from it," says WGI President, Michael Printup. "We'll buy renewable energy credits from it, but that all we'll do in that part of it. It'll benefit the community, and all of New York."
"We're very excited about having the track as a major player in the project," says Ross Groffman with Next Era Energy. "We think having their support and involvement in the project is something that's unique and really exciting for their industry as well as ours."
Construction is scheduled to being in 2014 or 2015, and should take six to nine months from start to finish.