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.
Clute Park Water Complaints
"The green color is disgusting because you can't really see what you're doing," added Makennah Hyer.
But it doesn't bother everyone.
"It doesn't smell," said Jose Pereda, who is visiting from Puerto Rico. "The water seems fine, so I don't believe there's any reason to care about it."
"I've been coming up here since I was a kid," said Lewis Strait of Elmira. "You know, it's kind of like second nature. As far as green goes, I don't see any green. You just got a lot of no rain and this is how it's going to be."
Lifeguards say the only reason the lake itself looks green is because of the algae and the seaweed at the bottom. Rain usually washes the seaweed out, but the dry weather is causing it to build up just as the strong sun and heat are making algae grow.
They also say the untouched water is clear in the mornings, but the wind blows debris to the end of the lake throughout the day and people splashing around stirs things up from the bottom.
"I'm here just about every day," said Casey Holland, a lifeguard at Clute Park. "With the high winds and everything, when you get a lot of waves, it really churns up the water and that seems to be the cause."
Despite some complaints, lifeguards believe there's no reason to worry. "If anything was out of the ordinary, we wouldn't hesitate to close the park and check it out," said Holland.