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's Cup Comes to the Finger Lakes
August 13, 2014
WATKINS GLEN (WENY) -- Some of our New York's top wineries and distilleries are being honored today.
The annual New York Wine & Food Classic competition will present the Governor's Cup to the winery whose wine stands above more than 800 entries this year.
"Well we're kind of unique here on the wine trail," said Brian McKenzie, Finger Lakes Distilling. "We focus exclusively on distilled spirits. So things like vodka, gin, whiskey's."
"We're in wine country so it makes sense to utilize grapes to make something a little stronger than wine," said McKenzie.
And because of their unique product on the Finger Lakes Wine trail,
Brian McKenzie of Finger Lakes Distilling and his team have won Best Spirits, 3 years in a row at the annual New York Wine and Food Classic.
Now, it's the competition has come around again but this time McKenzie gets to show off the distillery to Lieutenant Robert Duffy and over 100 of his wine industry friends.
"Judges coming in from all over the world to evaluate the wines and spirits and everything so..they get exposed to the region so it's beautiful," said McKenzie.
At Damiani Wine Cellars they're known for their red but just last year they won for Best of Class for their pinot grigio and they're hoping to win again this year.
"We're very much champions of the Finger Lakes and all it has to offer," said Glenn Allen Owner of Damiani Wine Cellars.
And they are champions. Damiani's 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve is the first New York red wine to hit a 90 on the wine scoring spectrum.
They are excited to be the 2nd stop on Lt Governor Duffy's wine tour, so he can have a taste.
"One of the first questions they ask is where do you get the grapes?," said Allen. "They think we buy them from California...everything we do here is 100% Finger Lakes."