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.
Relief for Owego-Apalachin Schools
Good news for Owego-Apalachin schools, almost one year to the day after half the district’s buildings were destroyed by flooding.
September 4, 2012
Owego (WENY) - Good news for Owego-Apalachin schools, almost one year to the day after half the district's buildings were destroyed by flooding. FEMA announced it will replace four buildings, and district leaders are beyond excited. The Owego Elementary school, The administration building and both maintenance buildings were all under water. The district is still working to get back to normal from the flood. Only three days away from the anniversary of the floods and the memories are still fresh. Tony Clark, the supervisor of facilities for the district, says you can still see the water marks left from the flood.
“We put everything up as high as we could but the last time I left this building a year ago I was standing in two foot of water out here in the parking lot.”
The floods destroyed his office and the garage, and all the supplies stored in it.
“We do have some supplies on hand but for the most part when we have a project on hand we have to run to the hardware or electric store,” says Clark.
The district sustained about $32 million worth of damage. Today FEMA announced it will cover 75 percent of the rebuilding costs, and Governor Cuomo announced the state will cover the rest. In the mean time, school district staff and students will have to deal with some changes over the next two years until the new buildings are ready.
“Our fifth graders are now at the middle school and our administrators are taking up academic space here at the high school we're making due,” says District Superintendent Dr. Bill Russell. “Our Pre-k kids are in a couple of rental classrooms and our maintenance people are working out of their cars.”
The school district is also flood proofing the existing buildings by adding flood proof doors.