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.
Flood Watch Prompts Concern
In Winter of 2011 Main street was completely flooded, shutting down schools for two days and leaving people with tons of water in their homes.
"We're in the flood zone, so it was a little rougher than usual," said Taylor Abernathy. "But luckily for me, I've got family on the hills, so I was able to stay with them and stay away from the weather and not get in harms way."
Like many neighbors in Campbell, six feet of water rushed into Taylor's home and it was all because of ice jams on the Cohocton River.
"It's happened here many times. Since '94, '96, '98 seems like every two years we get a bad flood in the winter time, but maybe, maybe now is our time," said Ben Baldwin.
That's why Steuben County Acting Director of Emergency Management, Tim Marshall is keeping an eye on things. Most of the ice has already melted on the Cohocton River in Bath. Tim Marshall has been in touch with Campbell town officials who say the channel is clear. So far, they aren't expecting any issues.
"But then again ice jam moves, you know? So ice that forms upstream from Campbell could eventually come down and choke the area," said Marshall. "So, you're not entirely out of the woods and you never know where an ice jam is going to form."
Neighbors sure weren't out of the woods in 2011, Tim Marshall doesn't anticipate things getting that bad this time around.
"It's mother nature, you can't control mother nature," said Marshall. "I would say at this point not to over react because we're only talking about half an inch to maybe 3/4 of an inch of rain which isn't large and significant."
Marshall says people should know their evacuation routes, move items out of areas that are flood prone, and monitor conditions. You can get a NOAA weather radio or check out WENY on Faceboook at www.facebook.com/wenytv WENY's First Warning Weather Team will have the latest National Weather Service alerts posted.