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.
Officers Train in Hotel to be Demolished
CORNING (WENY) -- The Days Inn in Corning is going to be demolished soon, but before that happens, the owners are letting law enforcement use it as training grounds.
Officers from the Steuben County Sheriff's Office and Corning Police Department were actively trained on what to do in scenarios like shootings and meth labs.
Officers were dispatched like normally would be, not knowing the full extent of what lies on the other side.
"When you go through the door you don't just key in on the person," said Patrolman Shawn Copp, Corning Police Department. "You have to check your surroundings and make sure there are not other weapons or drug paraphernalia. And if there is, there's going to be an indication on why the person is acting the way they're acting."
But unlike reality, there wasn't the opportunity for defeat it was a chance for officers to learn from mistakes. Supervisors stopped scenarios to lend a helping hand.
"It just kind of puts you in a situation in our every day role as a Deputy Sheriff or as a Police Officer of things that can happen," said Deputy Brian Logsdon.
One of the scenarios officers dealt with a noise complaint, that ended up being a meth user.
"Law enforcement has changed over the past twenty years to deal with the culture, with the new drug problems we face everyday and the situations with domestic violence we encounter," said Steuben Co. Sheriff's Office Captain of Road Patrol, Eric Tyner.
The Steuben county sheriffs office leads trainings like this for any agency to come to about four times a year