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.
Gillibrand Protecting Light Bulb Standard
Gillibrand was in Bath today touring the Philips light plant, and she announced a plan to fight efforts to decimate standards and keep China from flooding the U.S. market.
Gillibrand says the House provision creates a loophole for foreign businesses to sell illegal bulbs, and that would undercut manufacturers and workers here in the Southern Tier.
The standard Gillibrand is trying to protect has been in effect since January 1st. It's designed to promote the use of more efficient electricity. It requires bulbs to use at least 28 percent less electricity for the same light output.
All major U.S. light bulb manufacturers spent millions of dollars on new technology to produce these bulbs, which have been available to consumers since late last year.
But Gillibrand says countries like China are exporting too many illegal bulbs to America. She says the House provision would make matters worse -- cutting jobs, hurting investment and preventing consumer savings.
"Unfortunately, what's happening because of politics, is there's an effort to unwind these standards that would result in jobs lost here in New York, jobs lost right here at this company and a bad result for America because we wouldn't be saving those billions of dollars every single year by just using these new standards," Gillibrand said.
Company officials at Philips say their energy efficient bulbs produce the same light as older bulbs, and cost $3 less over the life of a lamp.