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.
Interstate 99 Update
The latest phase of construction on Route 15 in Lindley will bring the highway a step closer to becoming Interstate 99.
August 20, 2012
Lindley (WENY) - The latest phase of construction on Route 15 in Lindley will bring the highway a step closer to becoming Interstate 99. The final phase in the project will build six bridges over Route 15, at a cost of $31Million.
The bridges will allow route 15 to be converted to interstate 99 and connect nearly 80 miles of highway between I-86 in Steuben County, and I-180 in Williamsport. Republican Assemblyman Phil Palmesano says completion of the project will make the road safer and help bring more business to the southern tier.
“Certainly the economic developments are very important, we understand that and that’s probably been one of the leading things that have really help push this project along showing the economic benefits. The end of the day we are going to save a lot of lives with this project as well because we're going to keep all those big trucks off the road and keep it mostly for local traffic.”
Elmira Senator Tom O'Mera says safety along the entire road is top priority.
“This is going to mean a great deal for safety primarily, but the economic benefits of an interstate. We've seen the benefits of an east and west and now this corridor going north and south is really going to add to our economic opportunities.”
The bridge phase of the project should be completed by 2014.