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.
Local Fire Dept. Takes Part In ALS Challenge
HORSEHEADS (WENY) - A local fire department is used to feeling the heat but on Thursday Night they felt a little cold.
Town and Country Fire Department took part in the ALS ice Bucket challenge.
"We probably used about 600 gallons of water," said Chris walton, President of Membership at the Town and Country Fire Department. "And it's done and over with for us and with the ALS. That's a challenge that they fight for a lifetime."
The Town and country fire department came together in numbers tonight and not just to fight fires.
They joined in on the ALS Ice bucket challenge, but took this social media awareness trend to a whole other level.
And Fire Chief Don Fischer was a little late the first time around, so they all had another go at it.
And as Chief Fischer was participating in the challenge, he thought of Horseheads High School teacher Brendan McCarthy, who is suffering from the disease.
"Every walk of life is a challenge," said Chief Fischer. "And to see someone with a young family, do it with any type of a disease. If we can give back to it in anyway. We feel gratified to do it."
"Definitely donate. The challenge part is wonderful but the donation is better," said Ray Colwell, Board of Directors President.
And the firefighter along with the fire board of directors will donate $200 dollars to the ALS association.
And they are challenging others to do the same.
"We're challenging every fire department from Chemung County. Every fire department from Schuyler County," said a Town and Country Firefighter. "And our friends from Lake Aerial Pennsylvania, the Diperro brothers and their department."
You've been challenged and now you have 24 hours or you can donate to the ALS association on their website at http://www.alsa.org/.