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.
College Tuition Assistance for Volunteer Firefighters
January 14, 2014
HORSEHEADS (WENY) -- Nicole Wright Campos Serejo is graduating from Corning Community College this May with almost zero college debt. How? Become a volunteer firefighter in New York and they'll thank you by taking care of your tuition.
"It made it a lot easier to go to school you know," said Nicole Wright Campos Serejo.
It's all a part of the Firemen's Association of the State of New York's HELP Program- Higher Education Learning Plan. It's a tuition reimbursement program statewide through community colleges, that helps recruit volunteers. Local fire departments have seen their volunteer ranks shrinking over the years.
John D'Alessandro, FASNY Deputy Volunteer Programs Coordinator said, "about a decade ago we had a little over 110,000 volunteers, we're probably somewhere in the mid 80,000 right now. So we realized that we needed to something before it hit a crisis."
19 year old Nicole almost didn't apply for the program.
She adds, "if I didn't do it, I'd have student loans, I wouldn't own a house and I wouldn't be able to go to Brazil to see my husband all the time."
Nicole has been a volunteer here at the Horseheads Fire Department for almost two years. She says she wouldn't have stopped volunteering but the HELP program allowed her to do it all.
"The program made me feel like even if though, somebody wasn't telling me they appreciated my work, it made me feel appreciated," said Nicole.
Nicole plans to transfer to Elmira College in the fall for pre-med. And although E-C isn't included in the tuition program, the money saved will help her pursue her career even further.
For more information on the FASNY HELP Program, click here: http://www.fasny.com/index.php/resources/fasny-help/