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.
Helping Sandy Victims in New York
A group of parents and kids from a local church are coming together to help the victims of hurricane sandy, using an empty bus to bring supplies down to Manhattan.
November 2, 2012
Horseheads (WENY) - A group of parents and kids from a local church are coming together to help the victims of hurricane sandy, using an empty bus to bring supplies down to Manhattan. It was planned as a mother-daughter day trip to the city to see a show and do some shopping. They decided to use the opportunity to help victims by filling the bus with supplies. Sixth grader Laurel Vargas knows how bad the people in New York need help.
“It's cold and they don't have power and they're really having a hard time with it, at least what we can see from the news,” says Vargas.
The situation downstate is tragic. People need as much help as they can get. A group from St. Mary our Mother school in Horseheads had set plans to head down there for a day to see Mary Poppins. Trip organizer Carol Gough says after the superstorm hit, they thought they'd use the trip as away to do some good.
“The show isn't canceled the bus is still going so we're going to New York and we have an empty bus underneath and we thought was a great way to do something positive and fill it up with supplies that they need,” says Gough.
“It's important for people to know that there's people helping them and they're not alone,” says Vargas.
A food drive in the parking lot of the church filled the bottom of the bus up to capacity.
The community contributed and some of the younger volunteers had a message for the victims of sandy.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
The plan is to drop the blankets, food and water at the Bowery Mission in lower Manhattan.