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.
School Tax Decrease Headed to Watkins Glen
WATKINS GLEN (WENY) -- Property owners within the Watkins Glen school district could see a small drop in their school taxes next year.
The latest numbers from the county director of real property show the assessed value of the village is significantly up, over $24 million. School district leaders say the actual tax levy is still going up, but the impact on each individual taxpayer is going down.
Here is how it breaks down:
Tax Information for $100,000 Home
Tax Rate per $1,000 Tax Rate per $1,000
Tax Information for $100,000 Home
Estimated Tax with Basic STAR
Estimated Tax with Enhanced STAR
District Superintendent Tom Phillips says if your property assessment hasn't changed from last year, you'll see a slight decrease on next year's tax bill.
"This is really good news for our taxpayers that we can still sustain our programs even with a loss of state aid. And if you have a STAR exemption and your assessment is staying the same, your actual school taxes will decrease by 11 cents per $1,000 of assessed value," says Phillips.
Residents within the school district will vote on the proposed $24 million school budget on May 20.