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.
Southern Tier Agriculture on display in Washington
WASHINGTON, D.C. - When you think of big economic drivers, manufacturing or tourism might come to mind. But here in New York State, agriculture is the largest industry. On Tuesday, lawmakers and staffers on Capitol Hill today got a taste of it – literally.
Wine, cheese, and even oysters were on display at the annual “New York Farm Day” in the nation’s capital.
“It’s a delightful event, it really is. It makes you feel proud to be part of the farm industry in New York,” said Beverly Stamp of Lakewood Vineyards.
Stamp spent the day showing off Seneca Lake wines -- even those of her competitors.
“Seneca Lake is a very warm lake, and I think you’ll hear good things said about each other,” she said.
Stamp has attended a half-dozen New York Farm Days, which started when Hillary Clinton was senator. Now, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is carrying on the torch.
“It’s incredible how much this day has matured over the years. We have so much sophisticated food,” explained Gillibrand.
Gillibrand stopped at each table with her two sons, who stole the show.
New York Farm Day isn’t just about showing off agriculture in the Empire State, it’s about trying to bring visitors in as well.
“The tourism potential because of agriculture in our state is tremendous. We’ve got wine trails, we’ve got cheese trails, we’ve got some of the most amazing places to visit,” said Gillibrand.
Jim Allen of the New York Apple Association has his pitch ready.
“Make sure you go to your retailer and tell your retailer you want New York State apples,” said Allen. “We like to brag, when you got it, you tout it.”
The agriculture producers hope they can tout New York’s number-one industry again next year.