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.
Boating For A Cure On Seneca Lake
MONTOUR FALLS (WENY) -- "That's what drives me, all the family members that we lost, the survivors, my wife, my granddaughter, that's what gets me going, said Norman Knight, Boating For A Cure Coordinator.
Just 4 years ago, Knight and his wife Joyce, created Boating For A Cure after their son in law, Nick passed away from lung cancer.
And Each year, the event raises thousands of dollars to cancer research.
"We're going to put our same heart and soul into this event next year." said Knight. "And I'm going to try my best to outdo this year."
This year Close to 30 boats set sail,out of Montour Falls Marina, into Seneca Lake.
With Each boat's decorations represent a different type of cancer.
"We're doing the pink, me and Pat are sisters and our sister is a survivor of breast cancer. She's our younger sister," said Mary Cherkis.
Among the participants, were family members of those who died from the disease and survivor's themselves.
Jason Brown was diagnosed with stage 4 Colorectal cancer but has been cancer free for 10 years.
"This man (brown), is why we do this. Ok, people like him why we do this," said Joyce Knight.
Brown says he's here to give other's hope.
"They told me later on, not when I was going through it, that I had about a .1% chance of survival," said Brown. "It's never too grim. If you get a bad diagnosis, you can beat it. I did."
All proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.