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.
Gas Explosion Victim Speaks Out to Workers in Southern Tier
WATKINS GLEN -- [WENY] The weather heating up means contractors in the Southern Tier are getting ready to start digging and start new projects.
But, before they do that, Dig Safely New York wanted to make sure professionals know the best practices for avoiding utilities
This year's event is especially pertinent after the recent natural gas explosion in Kansas city that turned deadly.
Brad Livingston, the keynote speaker shared his personal experience. He survived a double gas explosion that happened due to what he calls an unsafe act-- taking a shortcut at work.
Setember 20 1991 changed his life for good. He was given a five percent chance to live.
"We had been told what the liquid level was, but that wasn't correct and the shortcut we took was not gauging those tanks to find out for ourselves," said Livingston.
Brad Livingston's co-worker on scene with him died. As for Brad he had 18 surgeries and 63 percent of his boy was covered in burns. He lost his hearing as a result to antibiotics he was taking to fight the blood infection that he had.
His favorite hobby of running- gone. He had to learn how to walk again
But what hurt him the most-- how he impacted his family.
"What did I do to my own children those people that I love and cherish more than anything on this earth? Tell me, when is it ok to take a shortcut at work?," Livingston asked the crowd of 349 workers.
Brad hopes the professional excavators learned this can happen if they don't follow protocol at work. His message to workers is, "I would have never thought my family would go through what they went through because I got hurt, so I want them to think above all things that it will effect other people.
He never wants a gas worker to go through the emotional and physical pain he went through that he describes as ripping off layer of skin and rubbing sandpaper on it.
"He just really has a great safety message that kind of reinforces that you have to do things safe and make sure you do them right whether it's applying to every day life or in our case safe digging," said Kevin Hopper, Dig Safely NY Operations Manager.
The number to call is 8-1-1. It's a free call and underground pipes will be marked within 2 full working days. For more information visit digsafelynewyork.com