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.
National Drug Take Back Day
SOUTHERN TIER (WENY) -- 105 people die from drug overdose every day in America. Close to 7 million currently abuse prescription drugs. That's according to the national survey on drug use and health.
Now, Law enforcement in the Twin Tiers is trying to bring those numbers down. Local agencies are participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Prescription Drug Take Back day this Saturday.
Last year in Chemung County alone, over 1,400 pounds of drugs came in.
"These are the ones that normally only come through a prescription," said Chemung County Undersheriff William Schrom. "It's obviously sent to a particular individual, so now other people have easier access to obtain that prescription to either use it themselves or sell it to other people."
And when it's not prescribed to you, you may not know the side effects. Authorities in counties with elderly populations are finding unused prescription drugs are sometimes simply sitting in medicine cabinets.
"Some of our older citizens that live alone hire folks to come in and clean or care for them that are not from an established agency are often vulnerable to thefts," said Steuben County Undersheriff Jim Allard.
If you have unused or unwanted prescription drugs, you can keep them from getting into the wrong hands, and dispose of them safely - no questions asked.
"We have a secure location right out side of our office," explained Brittney Crane of TCAASA in Owego. "You just pull up with your car, hand us your medication, and we put them in our secure drop boxes that are given to us by the local DEA."
Officials say you shouldn't dispose of unwanted medications by flushing them down the toilet, or throwing them in the garbage.
To find the closest drop-off location near you, click on this link: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html