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.
Keeping Roads Safe for Memorial Day
May 25, 2012
HORSEHEADS (WENY) -- The Memorial Day weekend is barely underway, and officers are already working to keep drivers and passengers safe. "Our efforts tonight are two fold," said Sargeant Michael McDarby with the Horseheads state police on Friday night. "One is to identify people who are intoxicated, and also someone who may not be restrained properly."
Friday's checkpoint was part of Buckle Up NY, a statewide campaign focused on enforcing the state's seat belt law. Troopers say it's important to stay vigilant this time of the year, when celebrations like Memorial Day, prom and graduation often lead to poor decisions. They were also focused on finding distracted drivers.
"It's just a very dangerous situation if you're not focused on the road, or you have your hand up to your ear," says McDarby.
Local drivers say extra safety on the road this weekend is critical, whether you're staying home or going far. "A lot of traffic on the roads, people coming in and out of town. So I could see why it's important for people to care a little more about safety on the road," says Robert Martin of Pine City.
Troopers say above all else, be responsible. Proper planning before going out can mean the difference between life and death for all drivers on the road. "Don't overindulge, be responsible, try to make arrangements to have a designated driver or stay wherever it is that you'll be consuming alcohol," suggests McDarby.