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 Flooding: Businesses Damaged
PENN YAN (WENY) -- Business owners in Penn Yann are estimating tens of thousands of dollars in damages in the aftermath of the flash flooding.
Staple restaurants on Main Street, say they will likely be closed for at least a few days. Flood waters have ravaged their basements, where many store food.
Robert Champlin, owner of Lloyd's Limited, slept through rumbles of thunder and a building collapsing just next to his restaurant on Main Street in Penn Yan.
"One of my employees came up and said we have a disaster going on. I was thinking maybe a pipe broke or something, so I come down and I was quite surprised," said Champlin.
His basement was wrecked. Floodwaters turning a freezer sideways, destroying important documents, and contaminating food.
"I have to replace all of my food from the restaurant," said Champlin. "Everything from chicken to shrimp to French fries to everything we use in the restaurant and all my beer stock, my liquor stock can't be used."
He's estimating $15-17,000 of damages in inventory alone.
Next door at Angel's Family Restaurant it's a similar story. In the basement freezers are tipped over, and their stock is everywhere.
"It's just devastating, I've been here for 35 years and it's just kind of tough," said Owner, Donna Neal. "It's hard on all of us. It's been a rough winter everybody was looking forward to Spring, so they could have business."
Business owners are hopeful that they'll open back up sooner rather than later, they're aiming for the next week.