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 Police Get Naloxone Funding
The COP Program aims to provide law-enforcement agencies across New York with money to buy the kits. Close to forty agencies in thirty different counties ordered over 1,000 kits and they're being reimbursed mostly by money recovered from drug dealers.
Here in the Southern Tier, the first awards were given out. The Chemung County Sheriff's Office has been approved for funding for 45 kits, valued at $2,700. The Groton Police Department has also been approved for 4 kits valued at $240. Additional applications from agencies in Tompkins and Steuben County are still pending.
Each kit is valued at approximately 60 dollars and has a shelf life of about two years.
"Heroin has become more prevalent," said Chemung County Sheriff Christopher Moss. "And I think just having these kits on the street, if we can save one life, it's going to be worth the investment. And with the state coming up with the grant, so it can assist local law enforcement agencies to purchase these kits I think it's a win/win situation."
Sheriff Moss says all 38 of his deputies will be trained to use the kits this week. Agencies that still want to apply for the COPS program can apply online until June 3rd.
Agencies can apply online: http://www.ag.ny.gov/community-overdose-prevention-cop-program
Here is a FAQ on How to Participate: https://www.ag.ny.gov/how-participate
If they have questions they can e-mail Cop.Program@ag.ny.gov