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.
Landowners React to Fracking Delay
Governor Andrew Cuomo during a trip to Syracuse announced that there is no set back when it comes to the rule making process for hydraulic fracturing in New York.
October 3, 2012
Southern Tier (WENY) - Governor Andrew Cuomo during a trip to Syracuse announced that there is no set back when it comes to the rule making process for hydraulic fracturing in New York. This is a response to earlier news from a DEC spokeswoman that the agency expects to miss a Nov. 29 deadline for finalizing regulations, and therefore delay the process for another year. The news upset many proponents of Hydrofracking in New York. The delay is linked to the review of a DEC health study that must be examined by the state health commissioner. The review of the health study could extend the decision past the November deadline. Cuomo said in a statement Tuesday that "there is no step back", and the health study will be thoroughly reviewed. As for the local members of the New York Landowners Association, they are thrilled to hear the news from Cuomo. Jeff Heller has been a member of the New York Landowners Association since 2008. He hopes there still is a chance the rules and regulations could be approved this year.
“I think New York should just open up to drilling with the regulations we had, we are going to have the toughest regulations in the world and the best regulations in 2008,” says Heller. “When it started everywhere else in the Marcellus. Other states went ahead with the understanding that as there were problems you made adjustment to those problems.”
The health impact portion of the DEC's work will be reviewed by the health commissioner and outside experts named by the commissioner.