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.
Coolest Small Town Road Trip
People in Hammondsport are still celebrating their title as the Budget Travel’s "Coolest town in America"
June 18, 2012
Hammondsport (WENY) - People in Hammondsport are still celebrating their
title as the Budget Travel's "Coolest town in America." The Steuben County
conference and Visitors Bureau worked with other "cool" towns on the east
coast to put together the coolest road trip in America. Journalist Will
McGough will get to drive around in a decked-out car, and experience four of
budget travel's coolest small towns in a little over a week.
"It's the coolest small town."
Ask someone who lives in Hammondsport where else they'd rather be, and most
likely they'd say no where.
"A great area, a lot of recreation, tremendous people, beautiful country
side, great people and just great place to be," says Hammondsport neighbor
Now the coolest small town road trip will show the world cool things to do
in Hammondsport and three other small towns in North Carolina, Virginia, and
New Jersey. Will Mcgough, a journalist and author of the blog "Wake and
Wander", started his 12 day, four town trip along the east coast here.
"Everything I do in all four towns which is important is anything local
people can do too its not just me a journalist getting the red carpet. These
are day activities that anyone can do and that's whats really special about
the whole trip."
Ather cool thing about this cool car is the QR code on the back bumper here.
Just take a smart phone and snap a picture and it will take you right to
will's website, where you can follow him along his journey.
"If you want to tweet and use social media its #cooltrip and kind of get a
conversation going. It's about showing that there are awesome things to do
in these small towns that people may or may not realize," says McGough.
Hammondsport's new title of "coolest small town" will help boost tourism in
the the town, and throughout the region says Brett Steeves from the
Hammondsport Chamber of Commerce.
"We're all supporting each other in the effort and it doesn't much matter
which town got the title it's the fact that coming to this region is the
coolest thing you can do with your vacation dollar."
The road trip ends back in Hammondsport next Friday. The car will also ride
in a parade, during the coolest small town celebration.
Will's Bog: www.wakeandwander.com