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.
UPDATE: Neighbors See Explosion Damage
CORNING (WENY)---Two men remain hospitalized after their home exploded in the City of Corning Friday morning.
Officials say 86-year-old Robert Young and his grandson, 38-year-old Paul Young, were working on plumbing in the basement of their home at 48 Wilson Street. According to officials, the men were installing a water heater which led to a natural gas leak.
Our media partner the, Star Gazette reports, the two men were airlifted to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, they are in guarded condition.
The force of the blast completely destroyed their house and damaged several houses in the area. Neighbors tell us they felt their homes shake. More than 100 police, fire and emergency responders were at the scene on Friday and fire officials say 30 homes were damaged and four homes are currently uninhabitable.
CORNING (WENY) -- Wendy Oppenheim was enjoying a cup of coffee this morning when she suddenly felt her house shake."My first thought was a gas explosion, but it seemed to just keep going on it was just so huge," she says.
Oppenheim saw her cabinets fly open, pictures shift on the wall, and one of her bedroom windows cracked. When she put on her shoes got outside, she saw a house no longer stood at 48 Wilson Street. Oppenheim and other neighbors rushed to the site where she says she heard screams for help. They stood by telling people to hold on until the emergency crews arrived.
"When you're looking at a pile of rubble, and you can hear somebody's voice yelling for help and you just there with your bare hands. You know, what do you do? It's a horrible feeling," she commented while looking at the pile of rubble.
Residents across the tree-lined Corning neighborhood reached out to each other as they got the news. Many of them checked on neighbors pets and houses as they dealt with damage at their own homes."Unbelievable, unbelievable, I had never seen anything like it," says Melva Wiliams, who was house-sitting for her daughter. "This is a great neighborhood it's very sad something like this happen," says Barbara Dick, who lives two blocks over but felt the shake.
Emergency crews spent time getting insulation off people's lawns and trying their best to get the site cleared out. Neighbors say they knew Robert Young,
Residents were still fixing shattered windows and doors Friday evening,
Nearby neighbors are hoping for good news about the explosion victims, and say they're grateful no one else was hurt.Thank heavens nobody was in front of that house when it blew," says Oppenheim. "So I guess, we're thankful."