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.
Hog Weed Threat In Southern Tier
SOUTHERN TIER (WENY) -- A dangerous plant is in Bloom across the Southern Tier, causing the Department of Environmental Conservation to warn New Yorkers.
Hog Weed is no stranger to this region but it is a health threat because it can cause severe burns.
The weed can be found on roadways, near streams and even in your backyard and a simple touch could send you to the hospital.
Efforts are underway to clear it out, because if you touch it -
"It will burn you," said Vince Spagnoletti, Commissioner of Public Works, Steuben County. "Just like a heat burn or a burn from a flame."
The sap from the plant combined with sunlight and moisture can cause severe blistering and eye irritation that could result in scarring and blindness.
And The plant is not hard to spot.
It can be up to 14 feet tall with White flowers grouped together in an umbrella shape.
The stems are hollow and thick with purple splotches with big lobed leaves.
And it's not to be confused with queen Anne's lace which is much smaller, and harmless.
"Stay away from it, if you do get burned, go to the emergency room, do not mow it or cut it down," said Spagnoletti. "That just spreads the seeds."
On County Route 24 in Risingville you'll see signs that read "Warning Hog Weed." It's to notify people the dangerous plant is in the area.
"Being that I am out doing inspections on the road all the time, I look for the hog weed growing being that i'm out here and I can spot it."
And this year, there has been 6 confirmed location in Steuben county.
If you see Hog weed in your area, immediately call your county's public works department.