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.
Sen. Gillibrand Pushes Education Agenda
HORSEHEADS---(WENY) Senator Kirsten Gillibrand paid a visit to the Southern Tier Monday to lay out her education agenda.
The main focal point of Senator Gillibrand's message was to highlight the need to encourage more girls and minorities to pursue careers in math, science, and engineering.
The senator is pushing for federal grant money to be given to schools to make STEM programs, those focused on science, technology, engineering and math, more inclusive of underrepresented groups.
Sen. Gillibrand's education agenda is three-fold and introduces three new pieces of legislation, including the Educating Tomorrow's Engineers Act, Computer Science Career Education Act and, the STEM Gateways Act. They are all in an effort to bring more STEM-related K-12 programs to students.
Such programs include the Mission Control learning center at the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center, which offers hands-on learning outside of the classroom.
President of the Wings of Eagles Discovery Center, Mike Hall says, "It really gives an environment that's exciting to the kids because when you walk in there, it's not just a regular classroom. You've got consoles and monitors, and what-have-you. It really ups the ante when it comes to the mission."
And now, with eight-out-of-nine of the fastest growing industries now requiring math and science proficiency, Senator Gillibrand wants to see more minorities and young girls take up STEM-related careers.
Senator Gillibrand says, "If you just explain to a young girl that learning math, science, and engineering can help people and help communities, they'll be more interested."
Katie Henkie is a 6th grader at Horseheads Intermediate School who wants to be a marine biologist one day, and says she enjoyed her experience, learning at the Wings of Eagles Mission Control learning center. She said, " I think it was really fun to see how people track hurricanes and how much work goes into it. Instead of things just popping on the screen, you really have to do a lot of work to keep people safe."