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.
F.L. Wineries, Breweries Pleased After State Summit
ALBANY (WENY) -- There's only a few weeks left in this legislative session, but Governor Andrew Cuomo is confident he'll be able to pass legislation to build on the success of wineries and breweries in the state of New York.
He introduced the Craft New York Act Tuesday afternoon which includes reforms to simplify distilling manufacturing licenses, raise production limits, and lower licensing fees.
"It's a great product, it's a great state and it's working and the more we get the word out," said Gov. Cuomo. The more people sample the product, the more people visit these locations, the better we're gonna do."
Part of his plan is to launch a $6 million marketing plan, including an advertising campaign that promotes tourism. Part of that plan includes displays to highlight New York brands at state liquor stores. As well as, launching a Taste New York bus program that brings people from New York City to the state's wine and beverage trails during the Spring, Summer and Fall.
The Executive Director of the Seneca Wine Trail, Paul Thomas, was at the Summit today. He says they've been trying to make better Upstate/Downstate connections for years.
"Many organizations have executed different projects to try and make that happen, it's just been difficult to do," said Thomas. "And with the Governor's backing now, I'm more confident it's going to be a lot more robust or a program than we've been able to pull off on our own."
The state will also build 16 new rental cottages on the eastern shore of Seneca Lake in Sampson State Park.