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.
Southern Tier Job Fair Draws Hundreds
PINE VALLEY (WENY) -- Over 100 representatives from companies spanning from manufacturing to finance were out at the job fair today.
Both job seekers and employers were optimistic about the turn out of the event.
"I don't have a job, they have jobs. I need a job, here I am," said Brian Ellison, one of the many looking for a job.
Hundreds of job seekers, like Brian Ellison, came from across the region to the 2014 annual job fair at the Murray Athletic Center Domes in Pine Valley.
In an area that's seen its share of job losses in recent years, organizers say it's important for the community to know employers are hiring.
"Overall, the job community getting together is one of the positive aspect of this," said Charles Peacock, Executive Director of CSS Workforce New York. "Rather than the hit or miss send a resume here make a call there."
Many former employees of Belden Inc, that closed down in Horseheads were in attendance.
Scott Leff, one of those former employees, is looking for a new job and opportunity.
"We were all fairly paid and we all had a lot of years," said Leff. "Some people here were at 15,20,30 years. It's sad but we would would like to see everyone get a decent job."
Decent jobs for a decent living. That's the hope of many at the event.
Employers tell us the atmosphere at the job fair was positive, and they look forward to some new hires.
"We met quite a few potential employees," said Mike Askwith, President of Express Mart of Western and Central NY. "They have to go through our process but overall, we've seen some really, really good people here today."
"I think this is a very good fair," said Tom Lando of the Painted Post Applebees. "I think we should continue to do things like this so we can help people get their jobs and get on their feet."
If you were not able to attend the job fair today and are looking for work, you can go to CSSWFNY.COM or to Department of Labor Job Sites.