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.
FEMA Helping Owego-Apalachin District
Schumer Urges FEMA to give money to help Sothern Tier School District
June 6, 2012
Owego (WENY) - Owego-Apalchin Central School District employees are still reeling from the effects from last years floods. Maintenance crews and district employees are still without a home and most of their equipment, but that could change soon. Tomorrow marks the 9 month anniversary of floods that destroyed so many homes and businesses last summer. Last fall the high school saw 6 feet of water, and so did much of rest of Owego. It destroyed district buildings and displaced employees.
Timothy Main is a maintenance mechanic for the Owego-Apalchin School District, since the flood he's been working out of a converted bus, and it hasn't been easy
“It's a difficult situation in terms of keeping up with the post flood demands there’s always a need for more equipment and things like that but we've been able to do the best we can with limited equipment.”
When Tim says limited equipment, he means it. The flood took out 4 out of the districts seven buildings and almost all of its equipment when the storage facility was flooded with more than 6 feet of water. Tony Clark the school district Supervisor of facilities works out of a converted concession stand next to the football field, but everything could get back to normal over the next year.
“It's been a struggle to be completely honest with you our biggest issue is that we don't have a home to work out of anymore we're kinda spread out all over the place.”
With urging from Senator Chuck Schumer, FEMA announced today that it plans to fund the replacement facilities for the district, and the elementary school.
“Hopefully we are getting closer to an answer of where we're going to be are we getting the building rebuilt will we be relocated?” says Clark.
“In any time of misfortune we are glad to see things are picking up here in the community grass is coming back the area is cleaned up,” says Main. “We're seeing more smiles than frowns and we're finding out that we can pretty much endure any heartbreak or tragedy if we stick together.”
Tony and his crew are not out of the woods just yet. Rebuilding projects could take over a year to finish.