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.
A Year After the Floods
The combination of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee caused $1.5 billion dollars in damage in the state of New York a year ago next month. Nearly $600,000 has been given out in state aid, with almost half of that going directly to homeowners, businesses and municipalities. But some local businesses haven't received a penny and had to rebuild all on their own. The Wellsburg Diner is one of them.
"It was ruined, completely ruined," said Rose McCartney, who works at the Wellsburg Diner. "The more that we pulled out, the more that we found out we had to pull out. During that process we ran into a gas tank, and that was it -- we had to relocate."
After six feet of water severely damaged the popular Wellsburg Diner during last year's storm, the business was forced to close its doors for seven months.
"It was devastating," said Tammy Blow, also a Wellsburg Diner employee. "It was my source of income, too. I didn't know what I was going to do because you don't know how long you're going to be out of work, and then it was a lot longer than we had anticipated. The place was upside down. It was a mess."
Diner owner Linda Thomas, and her sister Rose, looked around at new locations, and on a shoe-string budget, decided on the place across the street. $574 million has been given out in state aid, but the diner didn't receive any help.
"I think that every business that was effected should have got something," said McCartney. "I don't care if it was here or down in Owego, you know, all the places that were effected. It wasn't just us."
Business has been steady at the new location since March and customers have been loyal. Some say that despite the struggles, the diner ended up in a better spot.
"They got a much better diner than they did across the street," said customer Delbert Beach. "I think they've got a lot more business."
Employees at the diner did say the community was a big help in getting the business back on its feet. To show their appreciation, they'll be having a big thank you dinner in September.