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.
Common Core Forum Backlash
December 5, 2013
CORNING -- (WENY) "We're trying to teach them to run before they can walk, which only leads to them being discouraged."
This was just one of almost 300 parents, teachers and local leaders that had something to say about Common Core implementation in our area.
"We're here to listen because there has been too much talking at and talking down to the state education and not enough listening," said Assemblyman Phil Palmesano (R,C,I-CORNING).
This was the closest common core forum for Diane Jewell. She traveled over 40 minutes to join many of the others at the meeting who think Common Core should be stopped or at least postponed until they evaluate the system further. Saying it's already affecting her son.
"He looked at me on the first day of school and asked not to take the state test," said Jewell, of Arkport, NY. "If I stay quiet I am giving Commissioner King persmissio to tell our children that 70% of them are failures and us parents just don't think our kid is bright."
Some there agree with bringing Common Core into schools.
"What I see is the benefit long term of preparing kids to be more successful upon graduation," said Kathy Hagenbuch, Superintendent of Schools at Campbell Savona Centeral School District.
"I believe the issues have to do with rushed implementation on the states part, not sequencing the implementation in a way that makes sense," added Hagenbuch.
Just before the end of the almost four hour forum, one student decided to speak out.
"I clearly remember getting out of our seats to reenact a scene from history that is the kind of education I want to have the kind that stays with you long after you leave the classroom. I might be young but I am the one that is being affected by the decisions being made."
They'll be taking those testimonies back to representatives from the state for review.