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.
Reform Could Help Spur Job Growth
The New York State Senate approved a regulatory reform package of bills, cutting the red tape that hurts small businesses and strangles economic growth.
May 14, 2014
SOUTHERN TIER (WENY) -- The New York State Senate is hard at work. They passed another bill that would cut some red tape that would hurt small businesses and strangle economic growth.
Three bills address one of the more frequently cited roadblocks to job creation of costly and unnecessary state rules and regulations.
They reform or eliminate arbitrary, duplicative or out-of-date requirements. The goal is to create a more business friendly environment.
Last year, the New York State Senate Majority Coalition held industry-specific public hearings across the state to listen to businesses and local officials and learn which rules, regulations, and mandates are the most useless, most costly, and should be eliminated.
The measures include:
- Bill S5657B sponsored by Senators Gallivan, Marchione, and Carlucci –
establishes a task force to conduct a comprehensive review of the State
Administrative Procedure Act (SAPA). The task force would examine and make
recommendations concerning the state’s rulemaking process and whether SAPA
ensures the establishment of consistent, uniform rules or whether the
process results in rules and regulations that are overly and unnecessarily
burdensome and costly.
- Bill S1784 sponsored by Senator Carlucci - reforms SAPA to allow
regulated businesses to petition a state agency for approval to use an
alternative method to comply with a rule instead of the standards
prescribed in the rule. Under current law, only groups of local governments
can petition a state agency to use an alternative method to implement a
- Bill S2158 sponsored by Senator Valesky – strengthens SAPA to require
consideration of potential adverse impacts on existing and future jobs and
employment opportunities in the rulemaking process for state agencies.