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.
West Nile Virus Outbreak
Southern Tier (WENY) -- The West Nile virus is at its worst since 2004, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. New York has four confirmed human cases of the mosquito-bourne disease and Pennsylvania with eight, but no deaths.
Tom Kump -- Chemung County's Director of Environmental Health -- says while there is West Nile in the state, people can be safe with the right precautions.
"They should be aware -- that's the best word -- aware that West Nile virus is still here," said Kump. "It could be a problem."
There may only be a few human cases of West Nile in New York and Pennsylvania, but health officials still encourage people to protect themselves by wearing repellent and long sleeved clothing.
Mosquitoes accumulate around stagnant water like in gutters, bird baths or any type of outdoor containers that can fill up with water. Some residents in the Southern Tier aren't too concerned with the virus becoming a big problem in the area.
"I just put sunscreen on," said Ithaca resident Brian Magee. "I'm more worried about the sun than I am mosquitoes."
"I go out in the woods a lot -- I'm not even worried about the ticks either," added Alan Tobey, from Erin. "I just check myself when I get back in, but it doesn't really bother me."
"I wear like jeans and a sweatshirt, but I don't really wear bug spray," said Mike Romano, who lives in Baldwinsville.
There's close to 700 human cases in the U.S. -- the majority in Texas -- but the lack of rain in the Twin Tiers this summer has helped keep mosquitoes from spreading.
"If there's an increase, then we would be certain to let the public know to increase their diligence of fighting the bite," said Kump.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, only one in 150 people infected with the virus will actually develop a severe illness. Symptoms can include blindness, headaches, high fever and muscle weakness, but 80 percent of those infected won't even show any signs.