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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.
Snow Days Racking Up this Winter
WATKINS GLEN (WENY) --It's been a long and frigid Winter to say the least and we're only about halfway through.
"It's either freezing cold or we're dealing with road conditions and snow," said Tom Phillips, Watkins Glen Central School District Superintendent.
Every school district builds a specific number of snow days into their calendar, to minimize the effect on student education. In Watkins Glen, they've used two snow days, and Superintendent Phillips says it's likely they'll use a third tomorrow.
"The reality is if we have to use too many more days, we begin to decrease Spring Break that's our only option at this point," said Phillips.
Students in the Watkins Glen Central School district have enjoyed their past two snow days but they say it's been brutal waiting for the school bus and simply going outside in the cold.
"I feel like I need five jackets or more probably," said Andrew Likoudis.
11th grader Justin Duane agrees, but says he'd rather deal with the cold than lose vacation days.
"Snow days are pretty nice to have, but I mean if you have too many you won't have that much of a break during Spring, so it's good to sort of have school," said Duane.
Watkins Glen built three snow days into their calendar, they're thinking about using a Parent Teacher Conference day as a normal school day, looking ahead to Sunday's possible snowfall. The Elmira City School District's has used one of its four snow days already built into its calendar. And in Corning-Painted Post, they've used 1 and have 6 left.
"I mean let's be honest. We're only in the first week of February. We are in the Northeast and it's not out of the question to get a snowstorm in late March, early April," said Superintendent Phillips. "So we've got a long way to go."
Crews are doing their final inspections of each truck and making sure the plows are ready to go. Department leaders says they have plenty of the salt and sand mix but don't know how much will be used, that depends on the snowfall.
Drivers will start reporting to work at 3 am Wednesday to get ready for snow clearing. Crews will start by using pure salt first, and then switch to a 50/50 salt and sand mix to provide more traction on the streets.
We'll have the latest closings and cancellations on our website and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/wenytv