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.
Fatal Helicopter Crash in Corning
11/16/12 UPDATE: Corning police identify the two victims in the fatal crash as 41 year old Dale Crout of Watkins Glen, and 24 year old Mackenzie Bleth, of Grand Ronde, Oregon. The FAA is still investigating the cause of the crash.
The following is a press release from Steuben County Emergency Management:
At approximately 12:10 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2012 a helicopter contracted by NYSEG crashed while inspecting transmission lines just inside the City of Corning. City police and fire departments responded and found the helicopter crashed on the flood control system along the Chemung River just East of Corning East High School.
The helicopter had two occupants both were killed in the crash. Identification of the occupants is not being released at this time pending positive identification and notice of family. The Federal Aviation Administration is on scene and investigating the crash and will determine the cause of the crash. Corning police and fire were assisted at the scene by Corning City Department of Public Works, Rural Metro Ambulance Service, the New York State Police, Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, Painted Post Fire, Steuben County Emergency Services and New York State Electric and Gas.
Still pictures in video courtesy of First Air and Burvee Photography.