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.
Explosion Cleanup Underway
Paul Young was there -- the father and son of the two victims. He said his son Paul is getting skin grafts on his hands, but his arms and face are healing up well. His father Robert, however, isn't doing as well and is expected to be in the hospital for three to four more months. Young was there looking through the debris for family items.
Other neighbors are happy with the cleanup process.
"I think the city did a really great job cleaning up the street by the time we got home, but like from pictures that I saw the street was really bad when it happened -- the whole street was covered," said Karlyn Mizzoni, who lives across the street.
She was with her family in South Carolina when the neighboring house exploded on Friday. The impact shattered their bay window, but it's now boarded up, and cleanup has commenced in the neighborhood.
The street and sidewalks are pretty clear now, and even the caution tape has been taken down, but clean up crews say the work has really just begun.
"We're going to get rid of all the structures once the permits are in place," said Thomas Clayton, owner of Paul Davis Emergency Services. "The houses are going to be demoed, back filled, and there's going to be pretty much vacant lots. The homeowners are going to decide if they want to rebuild or not."
Corning Code Enforcement has been there since Friday assessing the damage. They're dealing with contractors and making sure homeowners know whether it's safe or not to go inside their house. Five houses are still posted as either unsafe to enter or to enter at your own risk, but neighbors are happy with the progress.
"It looks really good," said Mizzoni. "From what we saw when we got back until now it's a lot different."
"Life will be back to normal here soon," said Corning resident Steve Cuda. "I see a lot of contractors around, everybody is cleaning up. It's a beautiful thing. It's nice. It's the way it should be."
Cleanup crews expect to be working on scene for a few more days. According to City Code Enforcement, if you ever believe your water heater is broken or needs repair, please call a professional.