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.
Boil Water Advisory Slows Down Businesses
HORNELL (WENY) -- Frustrations are high in Hornell as neighbors face day two of a boil water advisory. The water has been under advisory since yesterday when a routine test to check filtration, found the water was not as clear as it should be.
"That's a main thing in life: water," said Shannon Young. "Everything we do is mainly made out of water."
Instead of boiling, many people have stocked up on bottled water instead.
"Basically we went out and bought 3 or 4 gallons of water that we've been using [for] brushing teeth and everything instead of using our faucet," said David Lander.
At Cosmic Patty's the advisory has added extra roadblocks to their day, but owner Patty Roache says it's nothing they can't handle.
"Things like this happen you know, and I'm sure the city's doing everything that they possibly can do to make sure they fix the problem," said Roache.
The city anticipates things will be back to normal tomorrow.
"The first test has been done and all came back negative, so we're on our second testing," said Mitchell Cornish, Superintendent of Public Works. "We started this morning at 10:00. So, tomorrow morning those results will come in and hopefully an hour later, the department of health will lift the ban."
In the mean time, the soda fountain at Cosmic Patty's is out of commission, a common story at many restaurants right now. They've been boiling the water to make pizza here too.
Once the water boils, workers bring it over to what's called the dough room to cool. It has to reach a certain temperature before they can use it to make dough. Roache says it takes them three times as long to do regular things because of the advisory.
"You just have to adapt to it, smile and keep on stroking," said Roache.
And we're not alone with the advisory, they're dealing with the same issue further out in Cattaraugus county. If you do drink the water without boiling it, you may deal with things like diarrhea, cramps, or nausea. You can call Hornell City Hall at (607) 324-7421 if you have an questions.