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.
Craft Beer Sales On The Rise
2013 was a good year for craft brewers across the country, including some here in the Southern Tier.
Numbers show Craft beers are the driving growth in the beer industry. More beer drinkers are looking to neighborhood breweries according to the latest report from the Brewery Association.
Dennis Edwards, owner and brewer at Birdland Brewing says beer drinkers are looking for flavor.
"They want something that's unique. Something that is handcrafted, that someone put a lot of time into," says Edwards."They're just tired of this massed produced gray water."
Craft brewers nationwide say retail business grew by twenty percent in 2013.
Edwards says business is strong and they're even thinking about expanding.
"We have in our assortment is flavors to cover anbodys pallet," says Edwards."We have some nice light pale ales and we go all the way to our dark and a black IPA that's right around 9 percent."
Having a variety of flavors is also important to Horseheads Brewing Company, which has draft flavors known throughout New York State.
"We do a chili pepper beer, actually rated number five in the country," says Edward Samchisem of Horseheads Brewing Company. "We do a pumpkin ale, that's actually rated number six in the country."
The number of small craft breweries like Horseheads Brewing has also gone up.
As of last year, the US is home to more than twenty eight hundred breweries, up fifteen percent from the year before.
"I think it's great. I mean last year we did 800 barrels. This year we're looking at actually expanding to get up to about 1600 to 1700 barrels," says Samchisem. "That's over 50,00 gallons of beer."
With numbers steadily climbing, local owners say now's the time to try a new brew.