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 Recovery Efforts
PENN YAN (WENY) -- Flash Flood warnings and heavy rains this morning, had residents of Penn Yan fearing the worse yet again.
Close to two inches of rain fell in Penn Yan today just days after a disastrous flood.
Residents feared that more rain would add on to the substantial amount of damage that was yet to be cleaned up.
Resident's are now starting to clean out their businesses and homes.
They are hoping to recover from the flood quickly.
I spoke with business owners and volunteers about the current process to get Penn Yan back to where it was.
"I'm gonna cry.. I lost a lot of stuff," said Laura Wilkolaski, owner of Creative Dance Movements.
There were 30 years worth of memories in Wilkolaski dance studio basement on Main Street; now they are gone.
With heavy rain warnings this morning, she feared more damage would come to Penn Yan.
"There's stuff everywhere," said Wilkolaski. "There's debris everywhere. I was a little nervous. Everything is the same here as it was when I left it."
Every thing's the same but the village is looking ahead.
With no flood insurance, Wilkolaski is hoping Penn Yan will be declared a disaster to get FEMA aid.
Until then she seeks the help from an unbreakable community.
"We're going to combine our forces and get to the volunteers and get everything cleaned up," said Wilkolaski.
In the heart of Penn Yann is the Living Well. Clothes and shoes that were meant for a church rummage sale are now being used to help those affected by the flood.
They can go there to get food, water, clothes or shoes including volunteers to help them clean out their business and homes.
"It's just a wonderful feeling knowing that we're here," said Reverend Judy White, Volunteer with the Living Well. "We started this ministry back in october and little did we know that this was going to be needed."
The Living well has had roughly 60 volunteers helping out since wednesday.
Other rescue workers from the Southern Tier traveled upwards of an hour to help flood victims in Yates County.
The Salvation Army in Elmira came as soon as they heard Penn Yan was in need.
We decided that we were going to come up and bring our mobile canteen," said Dorie Haggerty of Elmira Salvation Army. "We didn't want the community struggling for food, while they are trying to clean up."