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.
Cuomo Announces Farmland Protection Fund
STATEWIDE (WENY) -- Extra Government funding is being made available to strengthen and protect the cornerstone of New York State's economy.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced 20.5 million dollars in Farmland Protection to push efforts that will encourage agricultural growth.
This extra aid will be available through New York State Environmental Protection Fund.
Governor Cuomo says this funding will give farmers the the tools to grow and ensure stability so they won't have to sell their land to retail developers.
"It's tough to make a living, if you can't control your commodity prices," said Ashur Terwilliger, President of the Chemung County Farm Bureau. "If you can't control them, you have to take whatever the market is and the market of what your buying keeps going up, that's a tough situation."
Ashur Terwilliger's family has been farming for generations.
He says these days, the cost of farming outweighs the profits.
Over the years, in areas like Big Flats, quality agricultural land has turned into big retail developments.
This protection plan is in place to help keep farm land for agricultural use only.
"For industries to take up prime land because it's down there next to the big highway," said Terwilliger. "It's also the best farmland in the world down there and it would protect it."
It's been five years since this farmland protection fund was available to farms throughout the state.
Now, farmers are hoping that the fund will help keep farmland productive as well as away from development.
Chemung County Executive Tom Santullli and he said that farming is a driving force in New York State and it's important to keep it that way.
"This extra money to preserve those lands and give some help to those people who are trying to maintain their farming industry, that's big for chemung county, big for the southern tier and big for the state of New York," said Santulli.
The state has streamlined the process to make it easier for farmers to apply, but it's expected to be highly competitive, to get a share of the funding.
But farmers like Terwilliger say it's important to preserve our farm land, and ensure the state's industry for future generations.
"We're supportive of the effort," said Terwilliger. "That's number one. Other than that it is to protect it from becoming something else."
According to the Department of Agriculture and Markets, the state contribution to this fund has increased by 75 percent.
Also, Land trust and soil and water conservation districts are now included in this new plan.
For Application Materials go to www.agriculture.ny.gov/RFPS.html. or call 1-800-554-4501