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.
No New Utility Tax
The district board heard concerns from community members for more than an hour yesterday, and everyone who spoke was against the proposed utility tax
September 19, 2012
Corning (WENY) - The district board heard concerns from community members for more than an hour yesterday, and everyone who spoke was against the proposed utility tax. Corning painted post school board president Dr. Wexell told me he had never seen so many people come out against an issue like people did over the utility tax. The public had one more comment period before the board came to its decision at the Corning Painted post school district meeting. 32 comments by 30 people Monday night and everyone felt the same, no new taxes, and that message hit home with board members.
“No one is comfortable no one really has enough to sort of live this American dream that we are always talking about,” said Board President Dr. Dale Wexell. “So there is a great deal of challenges everyday in meeting the needs of the family and meeting the needs of the individual.”
“The public hearing was very good for me to have that opportunity to hear what it meant to you, so for me there are a lot of things that I discussed and I really don't think its something we need to do at this time,” said Board Member Victoria Zinger.
So the board never motioned to hear the resolution and decided to move forward with the meeting, without a vote. Superintendent Mike Ginalksi says he believes this board will not bring the utility tax issue to the table again.
“You have to represent the community that you serve and they were telling us we have to find a different way, so we will find a different way. I'm a realist the horse is dead get off it and find a different way. We got the message loud and clear.”