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.
Cornell Student Dies of Meningitis
Update: Tompkins County Health Officials say there is no increased risk of meningitis for residents, following the death of a Cornell University student, Krista Depew.
19-year-old Freshman Krista Depew died of meningitis just days after returning home to Argyle, New York for the summer.
She was hospitalized Friday night after complaining she felt sick, then died Saturday.
The school released a statement saying, "Public health officials conducted a thorough investigation and have determined that there is no increased risk resulting from her illness to the Cornell community and Tompkins County residents."
This isn't the first time Cornell university has dealt with the disease.
In March 2008, two students were treated for meningitis.
Bacterial Meningitis may be caused by a number of things, including bacteria, viruses, parasites, and even cancer or lupus.
About 500 people in the U.S. died from the disease between 2003 and 2007.
(ARGYLE, N.Y)---A Cornell student died shortly after returning home from her freshman year.
19-year-old Krista Depew died of meningitis just days after returning home from Cornell University.
She was hospitalized Friday night after complaining that she felt ill.
Meningitis is an inflammation of the membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord.
Depew was the 2011 valedictorian at Argyle Central School, 45 miles northeast of Albany.
Cornell spokeswoman Claudia Wheatley says students were informed of Depew's death and will be told if there are concerns about the disease.
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