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.
Keeping Pets Warm
HORSEHEADS---(WENY) Already, 2014 is starting out with a bang! Earlier in the week came the snow, now- bone chilling temperatures with some parts of the Southern Tier between 10 and 15 degrees below zero. Excruciatingly cold weather for any of us to be out in, including our pets.
Kelly Keefer, Outreach Coordinator of the Chemung County SPCA says, "Being out for any length of time is just not fair. If you have a dog that's in a dog house situation situation or outside, please make sure they can get into a warmer family area."
And, believe it or not, our pets can get hypothermia and frost bite despite their furry coats. So it's important not to leave them outside for more than 15 minutes in this type of weather.
And no matter how big or small your pet, it's a good Idea to get them well equipped with a winter wardrobe complete with sweaters booties for their paws.
Keefer says, "Some of the animals that have the shorter fur, it's nice to put a jacket on them. Again, the pads of their feet, we have to be mindful of that and the salt that's on our sidewalks and our roads can be harmful to their pads."
And just like you wouldn't leave your pet in the car in extreme heat, make sure you don't leave them in the car unattended in the extreme cold either.