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.
BREAKING NEWS: NATURAL GAS MAIN LEAK IN WOODHULL
The following is a press release
5/18/2012 10:37 PM
AT APPROXIMATELY 8:00 P.M. STEUBEN COUNTY 911 CENTER RECEIVED A CALL OF
A NATURAL GAS LEAK IN THE TOWN OF WOODHULL. WOODHULL FIRE DEPARTMENT
WAS CALLED TO THE SCENE. UPON THE FIRE DEPARTMENT'S ARRIVAL THEY
IDENTIFIED A NATURAL GAS LINE RUPTURE NEAR 417 JUST OUTSIDE THE HAMLET
OF WOODHULL. AT THIS TIME, THE GAS COMPANY HAS CONTROLLED THE LEAK AND
ARE CONTINUING TO MONITOR THE SITUATION. LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS ALONG
WITH STATE POLICE, STEUBEN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE AND NEW YORK STATE
DOT HAVE CLOSED NEW YORK STATE ROUTE 417 FROM COUNTY ROUTE 81 TO COUNTY
ROUTE 101. LOCAL RESIDENTS WERE EVACUATED IN A TWO MILE RADIUS FROM THE
SCENE AND WERE SENT TO THE ADDISON AND JASPER SCHOOLS FOR SHELTERING.
THE RED CROSS IS ASSISTING WITH EVACUATION.
AT THIS TIME THE SITUATION APPEARS TO BE STABILIZED AND LOCAL OFFICIALS
ARE WORKING WITH GAS COMPANY REPRESENTATIVES TO CONTINUE TO SECURE THE
SCENE. AT THIS TIME IT IS ANTICIPATED THAT RESIDENTS SHOULD BE ABLE TO
RETURN TO THEIR HOMES THIS EVENING. ADDITIONAL MEDIA INFORMATION WILL
BE PROVIDED AS NEW INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE .
BREAKING NEWS: WE HAVE BREAKING NEWS OUT OF STEUBEN COUNTY THIS EVENING.
EMERGENCY OFFICIALS SAY THERE'S BEEN A NATURAL GAS MAIN BREAK IN THE WOODHULL.
THE AREA IS BEING EVACUATED WITHIN A TWO MILE RADIUS FROM THE CENTER OF TOWN.
IF YOU LIVE IN WOODHULL, OFFICIALS ARE ENCOURAGING YOU LEAVE YOUR HOME IMMEDIATELY, AND HEAD TO THE SCHOOLS IN ADDISON OR JASPER.
WE HAVE A REPORTER HEADED TO THE SCENE, AND WILL CONTINUE TO BRING THE LATEST INFORMATION AS WE GET IT.