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.
Water Works Groundbreaking
An historic lakefront building is getting a serious face lift and the project broke ground today in Watkins Glen.
September 14, 2012
Watkins Glen (WENY) - An historic lakefront building is getting a serious face lift and the project broke ground today in Watkins Glen. The old Water Works center on Salt Point Road In Watkins Glen was filled with some art and designs of the transformation it will undergo over the next two years today. The historic property is set to be completely renovated into town houses, an art gallery and an event space for the community. The area has seen this developer before. He helped fixed up two historic buildings is Montour Falls, and now he has his eyes set on the shores of Seneca Lake. His name is Bruce Nelson, and this owner was the talk of the town this afternoon at the ceremony for his development group's newest project. The Nelson Development group is planning to not only restore an historic building. Assemblyman Chris Friend says a waterfront appeal that will bring money. to the region.
“It's fabulous for this area. This area is about tourism and supporting the people that live here and work here and this is going to go hand in hand with that.”
The 3.5 million dollar project will build 2 townhouse-style condos, an art gallery space, boat facilities space for events. The entire side of the building facing the water will be glass and perfect for anyone who loves the views on Seneca Lake.
“The view that's the best, but also the cooperation from the state on down right to the local community here,” says Developer Bruce Nelson.
This isn’t the first project Bruce Nelson has undertaken in Schuyler county. He recently restored The Union School in Montour Falls. That building features apartments and a daycare center, but this project was about a collaboration between state, local and private funds to keep the county competitive.
This is the type of investment and cooperation and collaborative effort we need to have successful projects and this is going to be a true example of that,” says New York Assemblyman Phil Palmesano “I'm sure when we come celebrate the grand opening you're going to see that.”
There are open houses every second Friday each month from 6p.m.to 8 p.m. for anyone interested in moving into the town houses. People are expected to move in starting next year.