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.
23 Bills Pass Senate to Combat Heroin Uptick
ALBANY (WENY) -- State lawmakers are in session for another two weeks and today they scrambled to combat what's being called a growing epidemic here in the Southern Tier.
The New York State Senate's Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction proposed over two dozen bills to help get these drugs off our streets.
Today, 23 bills covering education, prevention, treatment, and stricter criminal penalties were passed, but they have yet to be approved by the Assembly and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Lawmakers agreed today that there is not just one law that can be a silver bullet to combat the uptick in drug addiction. They said what's needed is a package.
The task force learned through public sessions, one held right here in Elmira that there were issues with insurance coverage for substance abuse disorder. Today, bills passed address that concern
Some senators worried heroin addiction was being treated as a criminal issue and not a mental health problem. Some, comparing bills passed today to Rockefeller drug laws that simply increase criminal penalties. Bills were passed with stiffer penalties for the sale of an opioid that causes the death of another.
"The addiction to these very addictive drugs, like heroin and the opioids is a consistent problem throughout the state with a need to offer better treatment options to treat the disease that these individuals have," said State Senator Tom O'Mara.
The Senate also approved two pieces of anti-meth legislation that State Senator Tom O'Mara has been pushing over the past few years. One would make criminal penalties for meth sales in line with cocaine and heroin and the other would help law enforcement with over the counter cold medication sales.