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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.
Schuyler Co. Tornado Brings Major Damage
READING (WENY) -- It was just another day for Jeff Toby who was out on his tractor.
"I was down a quarter mile, mowing the field when I saw the funnel cloud touch down," said Toby.
That's when he whipped out his cell phone and took video of the twister.
"It seems like a bad dream until you wake up and it's still here," said Toby.
At the same time, his daughter, Jamie Toby was canoeing down the road on a pond.
Seeing rain, her grandmother Laura came outside to call Jamie in.
"I turned my head to look and I could just see this funnel forming in the sky," said Jamie.
She jumped out of the canoe, and they ran into their car. Just moments later, the tornado picked the canoe up and carried it about an eighth of a mile from the pond and wrapped it around a flag pole.
"We got into the driveway and I watched the whole side of the house come off," said Jamie.
Inside the house, was her 78-year-old disabled grandfather.
"It sucked everything out of the bedroom, left him right there on the bed. It was a miracle," said Jeff.
"It's really scary and I'm really thankful to be alive and I cannot believe that nobody got hurt," said Jamie.
Jamie and her family have never experienced anything like this in their years of living in Schuyler County. Her grandparents, were building an addition to their home.
"I mean the house is still there, but the inside is totally destroyed, so i'm hoping when we rebuild with the insurance everything can be built to meet the needs of my grandfather and everything is going to be ok," said Jamie.
Until then, her grandparents will be living in their camper and she will be staying with her parents, who live down the road.