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.
New Study To Fight Cat Allergies
They can keep you from going outside, dictate your diet, and can even keep you from owning a pet.
Haley Goodlin is allergic to cats and says it makes for a very unpleasant experience, saying, "My eyes become irritated and I have really bad asthma attacks. When I get scratched by a cat, I break out in horrible hives and it becomes swollen."
The symptoms are brought on by a cat's saliva, urine, and skin flakes.
It often goes hand-in-hand with nasal allergies and asthma, and it may effect more people than you think.
According to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation, approximately 10 million Americans suffer from cat allergies. That's 20% of the population. To help alleviate symptoms, a new drug is being tested to wipe out the allergy altogether. The international drug trial is called the Catalyst study, and patients from all over are participating.
Dr. Christopher Smith of Smith Allergies is conducting the study at his Corning office. He says, "This new drug, it's a new protein that can give improvement in your cat allergy in a much shorter time and has a much better safety profile than the traditonal allergy shots that are available now."
Allergy shot treatments inject small amounts of cat allergen into patients to build up their tolerance, and can take anywhere from 6 to 18 months for patients to see results.
Dr. Smith has already seen about 30 patients who are participating in the study, some of whom are already seeing signs of relief.
It's promising news for cat allergy sufferers like Haley who says, "It'd be nice to actually own a cat someday."
Dr. Smith is still taking patients for the Catalyst study. If you'd like to participate you can call his office or visit http://www.smithallergy.com/ and click the research button.