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 Leaders Against Cuomo’s Tax Freeze Plan
TOMPKINS COUNTY (WENY) -- Governor Cuomo has a new plan to cut property taxes, but local leaders say it could leave municipalities, schools and community programs scrambling for money.
Local leaders say Governor Cuomo's plan is misguided. They think if he cuts state mandates like Medicaid and welfare programs from local municipalities and covers the cost instead, that would work a lot better.
Local leaders say those unfunded mandates are racking up their bill.
"I think the part that is so enraging is that the Governor is sort of shaking his finger at local municipalities, saying we're not doing a good enough job and we are trying our darnest," said Liz Thomas, Ulysses Town Supervisor.
If the state picked up the cost of the largest unfunded mandates in Tompkins County, taxes would go down nearly $26 Million or more than $600 for the average homeowner.
Local leaders agree: something needs to be done to lower property taxes; however, they don't feel the Governor's plan is the solution.
The Governor wants counties to consolidate services like-- trash removal and road plowing. In Schuyler County, like many counties in the Southern Tier, they've been consolidating services. County Administrator Tim O'Hearn says they've gone as far as having conversations about a merger with Yates County.
"We're at a point where we're 80 percent higher than the rest of the country," said O'Hearn. "We need to lower taxes, not freeze them."
If local government consolidate those services and freeze property taxes for two years home owners reap the benefits. They will be eligible for tax credits.
"We've been able to calculate it in Tompkins County, based on what we did last year," said Michael Lane, Chair Tompkins Co. Legislature. "So we were able to say if the Governor's plan was in place last year and based on the budget, our tax payers would have seen a check for $7.57."