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.
NY Top Court: Favors Local Fracking Bans
ITHACA (WENY) -- A victory for opponents of hydraulic fracturing.
After a three year battle between landowners and Norse Energy, formerly Anschutz Exploration Corporation, the New York State of Court Appeals voted in favor of Home Rule, which allows municipalities to pass their own local laws. In this case, changing zoning to ban hydraulic fracturing within town limits.
The ruling comes after Dryden's Town Board changed its zoning ordinance in August 2011 to clarify that oil and gas development, including fracking were prohibited.
Deputy Supervisor, Jason Leifer lead the efforts.
"The gas is here it's been here for millions of years. It's not going anywher," said Liefer. "If they want it, they're going to play by community rules and they're going to have to live with the fact that not all communities want them there."
Middlefield made a similar ruling, but a dairy farmer who wanted to allow fracking on her land sued. As did Norse Energy.
Scott Kurkoski of the Joint Landowners Coalition, represents that dairy farmer, and is disappointed with the decision.
"The development that will come to Upstate New York will give us reason for our children to come home," said Kurkosli. "They'll have employment opportunities. We'll have environmental concerns addressed becasue even The President has said the switch to natural gas has reduced our carbon emissions to levels not seen since 1994."
Kurkoski thinks the ruling could make it easier for Governor Cuomo to make his decision on ending the state's six year moratorium on hydrofracking. He thinks it would allow communities that support it to allow fracking within their borders, and those who don't to pass their own local bans.