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.
Seneca Lake Scenic Byway
HECTOR, NY (WENY) -- An 18-mile stretch of highway in the heart of the Finger Lakes is getting state recognition for its natural beauty.
State and local leaders cut the ribbon today on the Seneca Lake Scenic Byway. It's an 18-mile stretch of state route 414 in Schuyler County from Watkins Glen to Lodi on the eastern side of Seneca Lake.
The state byway designation will highlight the natural attractions like waterfalls, gorges and caverns along the corridor, as well as tourist attractions and local businesses. Signs and information kiosks will go up along the road.
This project has been in the works for 10 years, and Governor Andrew Cuomo approved the Byway on August 2nd.
Local business owners think the byway will be positive for tourism and business.
"I think it is a tremendous oppurtunity, for us to have contiuned tourism coming to this area," said Doug Hazlitt, of Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards.
"It helps all of us small buisness people, and that's what this area is about, we are not about corporations, we are about volunteers small buisness, and beauty," said Barry O'Neill, Chairman of the Byway Board of Directors.
During the ceremony, anti-gas storage and fracking protesters took positions across the street and along the new byway. They called on Governor Cuomo and the DEC to deny permits to store liquidified gas, saying it's bad for the environment and tourism.