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.
Penn Yan Flash Flooding Ravages Homes
PENN YAN (WENY) -- Flash flooding has ravaged homes around Main Street in Penn Yan. Many neighbors have lost nearly everything with flood waters piling in at nearly 8 feet close to Jacobs Brook.
Some people, like young Trenton Labedee were evacuated out of their homes this morning.
"We couldn't get through because we were up in mom's bedroom, and the flood was downstairs," said Labedee.
Firefighters climbed up to Trenton Labedee's house on Champlin Avenue to get his family out of the window after flash flooding ravaged their home.
His aunt Amber Pierce says the scene is devastating.
"It's horrible. There's mud everywhere nothing can be salvaged, it's ridiculous. It's very very sad," said Pierce.
Several houses in the neighborhood were evacuated, and helicopters hovered in the sky, surveying the area. Emergency crews still don't know the extent of the damage the flood caused.
Craig Chisom lives on Champlin Avenue as well. He says this is damage he never would have imagined. The creek runs just a hundred feet behind his house. His yellow Jeep was pushed over ten feet to the left by the water. Flood waters also rushed into his home, topping out at nearly 8 feet.
"There's a big sluice pipe that kind of tapers down into a smaller pipe and debris just got clogged up," said Chisom. "I think things could have been a little better tended so things weren't able to float down there and get clogged up."
Despite the damage, neighbors say, they will rebuild