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 Visits Small Businesses in Corning
CORNING (WENY) -- Roughly half a million dollars will be coming to small businesses in the Southern Tier this year.
That's why Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was out and about in Corning today, talking to business owners on how to help them thrive in the region.
"It's been a fantastic year. I'm excited, I love what I do, it doesn't feel like a job. It's been a great career choice for me," said Dee Reid.
A little over a year ago, Dee Reid opened up Heels and Hobos on Market Street in Corning and since then she's seen an increase in profit.
But before her store became a success, it was just an idea until she worked with the Small Business Administration to develop a business plan.
"When you decide to do a business or business plan together to really think about your capital and how you're going to pay for things and get the business off the ground," said Reed. "And the SBA just helps with that."
Like Heels and Hobos, other start up businesses throughout the Southern Tier have worked closely with the SBA and the Regional Economic Development and Energy Coporation of the Southern Tier (REDEC) to secure loans and help their existing businesses expand.
"Small businesses are job generators," said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. "If you want to create economic growth, here in Corning or anywhere in the state, you're going to mostly do it through small businesses because they do create 2/3 of all the new jobs. They employ half our workforce."
Today, Senator Gillibrand showed support by shopping at local businesses on Market Street, and hosting a roundtable discussion.
There, businesses owners talked about the roadblocks they face, and how they can grow in their community.
"Often times the banks reluctant to do the small loans and that's what the community needs today," said US Small Business Administrator Maria Contretras - Sweet. 'So, we teamed up with REDEC and we're going to supply for a grant."
SBA teamed up with REDEC to provide a 10 year grant of roughly 4 1/2 thousands dollars to create more jobs through small businesses.