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.
Governor Cuomo Visits Southern Tier Projects
BINGHAMTON (WENY)---Governor Cuomo was in the Southern Tier today to hear why the Southern Tier is vital to the state's economy. It's one of his last stops in his state-wide tour of regional economic development projects.
"I think we've made remarkable progress in the Southern Tier, and I am very optimistic because we have such assets here," said Cuomo.
Governor Cuomo got the chance to see firsthand, the the assets of the Southern Tier, their progress and economic impact in the region.
It's part of his strategic economic development plans and job-creating projects. In the first round of the Regional Council initiative, the state awarded the Southern Tier about $50 million and Cuomo seems pleased with the progress.
"You have high-tech and marriage between academia and higher manufacturing facilities," said Cuomo. "But you also have rural activities and farming and green product, so the diversity of their approach is really striking."
Some of the money went to BAE systems, a company that makes hybrid-electric systems, basically rebuilt from the ground up after Hurricane Irene.
"I talk about the way you came together, the way you refused to be defeated by mother nature," said Cuomo.
Harvey Stenger, the President of Binghamton Univresity and newly elected Regional co-chair agreed saying, "I too have that kind of attitude, and the community really makes you optimistic about anything."
The Southern Tier Council is optimistic about future projects, as well. They're asking for three major funding projects including the downtown revitilization project, the shovel ready project and the agricultural fund.
They'll find out if their approved for the funding by year's end.