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.
Bath Infant Thrown into Chair
BATH (WENY) -- An infant is recovering after being thrown into a chair in the Village of Bath. Police say the infant was hospitalized after a fractured skull, bruising, and severe eye injuries.
Neighbors are shocked.
"There were a bunch of cop cars outside. Me and my buddies, we didn't know what happened. I thought it was a drug bust and what not," said Jacob Berg, neighbors.
But behind closed doors on West Morris Street, an was infant unable to protect himself from the brutal hands of Stephen Hoose.
Hoose was charged with Reckless Assault of a Child and Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
"He was arraigned in Village Court last evening and he was released on his own recognizance," said Senior Investigator Curt Eaton.
Neighbors say Hoose used to date the infant's mother. Even after separation, still looked after the baby. But, for some reason Hoose snapped. Police say he threw the baby into a chair, his head then hitting the wall.
"Unfortunately these types of things do happen. Way more often than we'd like," said Sr. Inv. Eaton.
State Police wouldn't comment if there were any instances in the past, but, they still are looking into what happened and what's causing the uptick.
"This is the second abuse case in the last week. People are arrested, arraigned, and released," said Evelyn Wilson, neighbor, and Captain of the Neighborhood Watch. "I have no understanding why they're released. This child is still in the hospital, surrounded by specialists. He can't be released."
Senior Investigator Eaton said the investigation is still on going. In the meantime, Hoose is scheduled to reappear in court on June 16th.