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.
Disabled Bowhunters Program In Chemung Co.
ERIN (WENY) -- Disabled hunters will have a local park all to themselves this hunting season.
Chemung County is starting up a brand new pilot hunting program for those with disabilities in the area.
This program will close off parts of Park Station in Erin for the last two weeks of hunting season, so disabled hunters will be able to get in the game.
This program all came from one disabled southern tier man who approached county officials wanting to hunt.
Thats when Chemung county executive, Tom Santulli, and his team decided to create an opportunity for those with disabilities in the area to bow hunt at Park Station.
"As we all know, people with disabilities can be more active and try more things than people who don't," said Chemung County Executive.
"Park station, if you've ever been up there, we have a real over population of deer. They're everywhere," said Santulli. "So we thought that we could have an opportunity to allow up to 8 individuals the last two weeks of bow hunting season."
"It provides a way for hunters with disabilities to be included in something that so many people around here love," said John Zick, AIM Independent Learning Center. "Just because you have a disability it doesn't preclude you from participating in activities that you love doing; like hunting."
And there are some important things to know If you want to participate in this program:
- You must be a New York State Resident
- You need to have a current NYS Non Ambulatory Hunter Permit
- Signed Certification from your physician
- Accompanied by an ambulatory person over 18 years of age with hunter permit
- Application Deadline: September 8th
Chemung County has also looked into some security measures. Park Station will be closed off from public for disabled bow hunters from October 31st to Nov 14th.
Fore more information on the application, go to Chemungcounty.com