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.
Made in America Act
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited Hornell this afternoon to tour the Alstom Transportation plant, but her trip wasn't just to look at the rail cars, she also brought some good news.
Hornell (WENY) - Senator Kirsten Gillibrand visited Hornell this afternoon to tour the Alstom Transportation plant, but her trip wasn't just to look at the rail cars, she also brought some good news. Senator Gillibrand wants to see more signs that say "Made in America", that's why today she announced her bill called the "Made in America Manufacturing Act".
“For New York our backbone has been manufacturing,” says Senator Gillibrand. “Manufacturing certainly powered us throughout the 20th century but what we've seen this century sadly is that manufacturers have been the hardest hit.”
Between 2005 and 2010 New York lost 123,000 manufacturing jobs. In the Southern Tier, an estimated 5,000 manufacturing jobs were lost in that same time, 1100 jobs in Steuben county alone.
Guillaume Mehlman says those stats wont be the same in the years to come.
“We're picking up momentum and there are a lot of opportunities out there, even though the level of funding still isn't super clear in the long term there is a lot of infrastructure investment out there and we can be successful,” says Mehlman.
Alstom is picking up steam, the company just won an major light rail contract that will export cars to Canada and promises 300 more jobs by 2014. Gillibrand's bill could bring even more, through creating competitive grants. The winners would be awarded up to $20 million and spend on two things, a revolving loan fund or create job training programs. The Senator says 600,000 manufacturing jobs went unfilled because workers weren't trained for the specific job.
“You're never going to find harder workers you're never going to find better workers, you're never going to find more entrepreneurs or people with an innovative spirit then you're going to find right here in New York state,” says Gillibrand. “So I know that with the innovative workforce and the opportunities to grow we will see made in America, we'll see it right here and we'll see it all across new york.”
Companies applying for grant money will have to create partnerships with schools, local governments and workforce employment agencies.