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.
Charity Gala To Raise Money For Falck Cancer Center Patients
HORSEHEADS (WENY) - The second annual Paint the Night Pink charity gala is coming up on Saturday February 25th.
The event raises money for the Falck Cancer Center's Patients Services Fund. The fund helps patients with out-of-pocket expenses that may come up while they're going through treatment. All the money stays local.
"It can be anything from a bill, their rent, an electric bill that needs to be paid," Event organizer Alisa Parmenter said. "It could be looking after their pets if they're being hospitalized or sick, extra care in the home, travel to and from treatment...so it's a really nice resource and it's things insurance wouldn't cover."
Last year, the gala raised almost $16,000 dollars!
This year's theme is "A Rainbow of Hope", to represent the many different colors associated with cancer.
Parmenter says guests are encouraged to wear a color that may be significant to them or their family, to represent a cancer they may have been affected by. Formal attire is requested.
Parmenter says the event will be jam-packed with entertainment and fun. There will be lots of food from local vendors, beer and wine tasting, a silent auction, live music from Matrix Flute and Guitar Duo and Steve Terwilliger and his band, aerial silk artists, fashion shows from local youth cheerleaders and looks from local boutique Glamour & Glow, and more.
The event is Saturday February 25, 2017, at the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center in Horseheads, from 6:00 - 10:00 PM.
Tickets cost $65 per person or $120 per couple.
You can buy tickets:
Over the Phone for credit card payments: 607-259-6139
You can visit the event's Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/paintthenightpink