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.
Locals Share Their 9/11 Stories
"We were staring right out the window on the observatory and we saw the planes hit, and we heard the whistling," said Christina Thomas, a student at Elmira College who was on a fifth grade field trip to the Empire State Building on 9/11.
"Half of my class was in the World Trade Center, and I lost three family members, so this is a very significant push to me," she said.
Thomas left the World Trade Center just 20 minutes before the first plane hit the tower. After years of counseling, she is now a college senior majoring in criminal justice, and she helped organize today's memorial service on campus.
"Everybody says never forget, like a date comes around once a year, but a person you've lost and someone you love is around forever," said Thomas. "So this is just kinda my way of remembering the people I've lost and the people who have been overseas who are fighting. So this is my contribution saying I will never forget you."
Also in Manhattan that infamous day was Steuben County Red Cross Director Brian McConnel. He drove down as part of a Southern Tier team to help first responders and realized that people's compassion for one another is what counts.
"What disasters do is disasters bring people together," said McConnel. "And while I was part of that, there were thousands of [other] people, too."