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.
Push to Reauthorize Older Americans Act
BIG FLATS (WENY) -- They're our parents, grandparents, and to some, great-grandparents: Senior citizens. 19,339 senior citizens live in Chemung County, making up 22 percent of the population.
Today, they spoke out and listened up about programs that they rely on everyday. Programs like nutrition, transportation, and community involvement. They all fall under the Older Americans Act and are up for reauthorization. The bill expired in 2011 is typically written for five years.
"I have a friend that receives services at home and I it think it is wonderful it's provided," said Charlotte Pickelhoupt. "That way she can stay home, because both kids live out of town and that makes it very difficult for people."
Charlotte Pickelhoupt and her husband John, both AARP members stand behind their organization--that recently announced support of bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the bill.
"We have too many things thrown at us that we as older people do not understand," said John. "And this is where we have the frustration, to try to find out where you can get the right kind of help to answer your questions."
Congressman Reed, learned what services need to be focused on and potentially expanded here locally.
"The conversation today was a lot about priorities, making sure there was awareness of the needs and how we're going to stretch the dollar further," said Congressman Reed.
Reed said he's making coordinating services-- like sharing information-- a priority. He says the reauthorization gives seniors certainty these programs will be available for the years to come.