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.
Cautious Driving In Work Areas
BATH (WENY) -- Spring brings flowers and green grass, but drivers know it also signals the start of road construction season.
And as road crews get to work, New York State Police are on the lookout for careless drivers in work zones.
Construction Zone signs can be seen all throughout the twin tiers as the weather gets warmer.
Operation Work Brake is in effect this week throughout New York State.
Troopers are cracking down on speeding to keep construction site workers safe.
Officials in Steuben County say it's important to be alert and aware in work areas.
"Don't assume the flagger sees you," said Vincent Spagnoletti, Commissioner of Public Works. "Don't assume the equipment operator sees you. The flagger may be tired, may be distracted. The equipment operator is working on digging a ditch."
Officials say "Road Work Ahead" signs are in place to keep both travelers and workers safe.
In new York State, Fines are doubled for speeding in a work zone.
"I'd crawl through that work zone. Roads are narrow, the equipment is usually in one lane. I'd crawl through that and watch everything," said Spagnoletti.
At construction sites, workers say some drivers don't pay attention to the signs or flaggers making it an unsafe environment for them.
"You still have to watch your back even with the signs up," said Shawn Thompson, Public Works worker. "There's some that will be fine with it, but there's always that one that's not thinking, and you can get run over easily."
If caught speeding in a work zone area, drivers could be up to 600 dollars or spend up to 30 days in jail.
Land two traffic tickets, and your license could be suspended.
"We're a nuisance to them in the road, they're in a hurry, on their cell phones," said Thompson.