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.
Local Leaders React to Fracking
Local politicians are scrambling to come up with official positions on hydraulic fracturing in Southern Tier communities.
Southern Tier (WENY) - Local politicians are scrambling to come up with
official positions on hydraulic fracturing in Southern Tier communities.
They're reacting to reports that Governor Andrew Cuomo is thinking about
allowing fracking in parts of the Southern Tier. The New York Times
attributes the reports to a senior environmental official. New York State
Assemblyman Phil Palmesano says he believes, although Cuomo may be talking
about allowing limited fracking behind closed doors; the governor won't do
anything drastic until the DEC finishes its environmental review. Fracking
supporters have been waiting for drilling in Steuben, Broome, Chenango and
"I think the Southern Tier is where its going to come first you know back
nearly more than 4 years ago the permits pending were really in the Southern
Assemblyman Phil Palmesano says the leaked report doesn't carry much weight.
"Anything that's going to happen needs to have a strict regulatory system in
place to move forward so we need have those regulations to guide the type of
drilling that's going to take place in New York State so we need to have
that regulatory frame work in place first and then we can go forward from
Cuomo's plan would ban drilling in Catskill Park, near water sources, and
historic districts. Only the deepest parts of the Macellus Shale, located in
the Southern Tier, would be tapped to help avoid water contamination at
ground level. Another stipulation; it would only be allowed in communities
that want it. Leaving the ultimate decision up to local leaders.
Corning and Elmira city leaders have made their choice. In early June
leaders from both communities signed a letter to governor Andrew Cuomo
saying the DEC's draft regulations on fracking are inadequate and calling
for more independent studies. Corning City Council member Frank Coccho
signed that letter.
"I'm not necessarily opposed to fracking but I'm opposed to it unless its
proven it's going to be safe, good for the environment and certainly the
health and safety of the people I represent."
More than 100 local New York governments have passed moratoriums on fracking
until the state decides what to do about the issue.