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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.
Neighbors Rally for Monterey Shock in Albany
ALBANY (WENY) -- New York residents and lawmakers alike are hoping their message won't fall on deaf ears. They hope Governor Cuomo will keep four state incarceration facilities open; Among them: Schuyler County's Monterey Shock.
Neighbors from the Southern Tier came out in force to Albany's West Capitol Park. Despite push back from local lawmakers-- Monterey shock-- New York's first shock facility-- is slated to close this July.
"Numbers don't lie, we need the facility open," said State Assemblyman, Phil Palmesano. "It saves state tax payer dollars, it saves local tax payer dollars, but most importantly it saves and changes lives."
Georgia Verdier, President of the Elmira-Corning NAACP was among about 100 people who traveled out from the Southern Tier. Her hopes were that Governor Cuomo would see all the people rallying outside and realize how many people support Monterey Shock and three additional facilities slated to close across the state.
"This community is geared toward giving young men a second chance," said Verdier. "And we thought that anything that would help reduce prison and incarceration is worth saving."
Those in support of Shock say inmates provide valuable services to the community, like cleaning up at Eldridge Park and Dunn Field in Elmira.
"It's gonna be a huge impact on the local communities because they'll have to pay for those services where they don't at this time," said Walter Gilbert, Chemung-Schuyler Labor Council.
As it stands today, Monterey Shock only has a handful of employees left working. According to the Governor, all workers will be reassigned to other facilities. Meantime, Corrections Officers say the closure is already taking it's toll-- they say violence is up.
"Our assaults on staff are up, assaults inmates on inmates are up, this is all due to the closures," said Mark Deburgomaster, a corrections officer in Southport and Union Representative for New York State Corrections Officer Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA).
State Assemblyman Phil Palmesano says the fight isn't over just yet, he's calling on the governor to expand Monterey Shock instead of closing it