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.
NY Delegates Arrive at DNC
CHARLOTTE, NC (WENY) -- The Democratic National Convention is now in full swing in Charlotte. The Twin Tiers delegation made its way onto the convention floor today, ahead of tonight's speech by First Lady, Michelle Obama.
"Everyone's fired up and ready to go so to speak," said Hornell Mayor, Shawn Hogan. It's the fourth Democratic convention he's attended.
"I think 2008 was really a history-making convention. Our nominee was the first African-American to be nominated for president," Hogan said.
Now, President Obama has a four-year record to run on. Hogan says the president has worked hard to turn the economy around, but he needs more time.
"He had 27 straight months of job growth, he's implemented an affordable health care plan, and really helped many millions of people. Now it's time to continue what he started," Hogan said.
From the veteran to the newbie -- Alicia Hare, wife of former Elmira mayor and councilman Jim Hare, is making her first DNC appearance as a delegate. She's also a member of the Hispanic caucus, and she hopes to take back what she learns to the Southern Tier.
"How to get out the vote - particularly women, senior citizens, and minorities," said Hare.
Both Hare and Hogan are looking forward to getting into the Time Warner Cable Arena for the first time tonight to hear First Lady Michelle Obama's big primetime speech.
"I'm particularly interested with her helping military families, because my son is in the military, and they need help," explained Hare.
"She's very concerned about the young people of our nation, and her initiative about get moving and staying fit," Hogan said.
New York Democratic leaders - including Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy, and Senator Chuck Schumer spoke to the delegation this morning about party unity.