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.
Final Push for Most Fun Town Nominee
CORNING (WENY)---At the end of this month we will find out if the Crystal City is the most fun small town in the country. Today dozens of locals joined together to spread the word loud and clear by shouting, "Corning is the most fun small town!"
The Crystal is in the running to be America's Most Fun Small Town and they don't want anybody to forget it. Steuben County Visitor Bureau President, Peggy Coleman says, "It's been almost a month since they've first been here and we have to keep it fresh in their minds, in the travel channels mind, in Randy Mcnally's mind that we are a fun place."
The Crystal City made the top six, out of more than 650 small townsnominated to be the "Most Fun".
Isabel Gilroy, a Gaffer District resident and employee says, "I think the beauty of the area, the variety of things to do there are museum that are wonderful and Market Street has so many shops and there are activities. It's something for everybody....young and old."
Sean Lukasik for CreAgent Marketing on Corning's Market Street says, "You have such a tight knit community and businesses and people who live here helping each other and working together. It's the best place to be in the summer."
Corning could be the second Steuben county town to get national recognition, joining America's Coolest small town, Hammondsport.
Kim Price,Communications Director for the Steuben County Conference and Visitors Bureau says, "It's like lightening striking in the same place twice we couldn't ask for this kind of exposure, it's amazing and it makes my job so easy and so much fun!"
The winner will be announced July 25th on the Travel Channel.