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.
HORSEHEADS---(WENY) With another 3-5 inches of snow set to dump on our area, the main concern for many are road conditions.
When the snow fall hits, it makes for a slushy, slippery mess. It spells bad news for driving, but commuters can put their worries aside and rest assured that everything is being done to keep the roads safe.
Andrew Avery, Commissioner of the Chemung County Department of Public Works says, "Our salt barn is full. Our salt/sand mix has been put together. It's just things we've been working on all week. So, we're ready to go just like we usually are."
This winter season has hit us especially hard, already we've had two decent snow storms and a number of minor winter weather events, causing the salt trucks to be out in full force.
But luckily, the county's road resources haven't taken a huge hit. Avery says, "We certainly have enough supplies. That hasn't been a problem in our region as of yet. Sand is running a little low in some areas, but we're ok."
However the winter weather conditions have taken a toll on workers. Avery says that they've been spoiled in years past with milder winters and that this season's weather conditions tires out some of the workers, many of whom have had to work overtime.
Even so, The New York Department of Transportation is assuring everyone that snow and Ice crews will be available 24/7 during the snow and ice season.