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.
2014-15 New York State Budget Passed By Senate
(WENY) -- After several weeks of negotiations the budget was passed at 10:30pm on Monday, March 31. The new fiscal year begins Tuesday, April 1st.
Tom Santulli, Chemung County Executive says the budget is a step in the right direction but the state of New York still has a lot of work to do.
"Taking away the corporate tax, especially in upstate, which I understand is going to be zero makes all the sense in the world," says Santulli. "Because we need to be more competitive."
With New York State being one of the highest tax states in the nation, Santulli says it is unsustainble. But He praises Govenor Cuomo for doing what he can in this budget.
"I give the governor credit," says Santulli. "I think the budget is a good budget. Despite that, we have a heck of a lot more work to do at a local level and a state level to make this a place that people to live, raise a family and work."
The new budget addresses a number of issues throughout the state.
The budget includes a 1.5 billion tax relief for homeowners. This is designed to help local government share services and reduce financial burden on tax payers.
It includes funding for education. There will be a 5.3 percent increase in school aid.
It also includes a tax relief for manufacturers, which will make New York a more "attractive place" to locate and create jobs.
Senator Tom O'Mara, who is an advocate for manufactures in New York State, highlighted that portion of the budget on the Senate floor earlier today.
"Providing this broad base tax support to the manufacturing industry, is going to help create opportunity for everyone in this state to earn a living on their own and not be supported by the state," says Sen. O'Mara.
Senator O'mara also criticized Governor Cuomo for not renegotiating his plan to close the Monterey Shock facility later this year.