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.
Sales Tax Concern in the Village of Horseheads
August 29, 2013
VILLAGE OF HORSEHEADS -- (WENY) Concerned people in Horseheads came out to the Village meeting following Chemung County Executive Tom Santulli's restructuring plan. Legislator Tom Sweet came to the meeting to help with any questions. And the people definitely had some.
"That's a hell of an idea but I wish you would have started it two years ago. Well like I say where are the results," said one audience member.
Village manager Walt Herbst says they tried to be prepared.
"We prepared for it in some manner but frankly not as extensive as the actual hit when Sikorsky left and there was no way of predicting that," said Herbst.
People at the meeting were worried how it will impact villages and towns throughout the county.
"The five year plan puts Catlin, Veteran, Erin, and probably Van Etten on suicide watch, because they're not going to be able to recover from this," said another audience member.
But they were able to get their concerns out.
Another asked, "something's are going to get cut or our taxes are going to go up, if not both. Do you have idea or any prediction for any of us in here so we can prepare ourselves what that increase may be?
The board plans to bring in a municipal consultant to help them with the restructuring.