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) It's the first snowfall of the year, and already supplies are flying off the shelves.
The Tractor Supply Company at Grand Central Plaza in Horseheads has seen quite a rush, and if you haven't gotten what you need by now, time is running out.
Sales Associate, Jason Martin says, "Right now, we have a few shovels. We're out of rock salt temporarily. We do have some snow blowers, the gas ones which seem to be the better ones. Our electric ones are out right now."
They aren't the only ones running low on items. The shelves of the Jubilee Foods in Horseheads were also thinning out. Staples like eggs and bread seemed to be the most in demand.
However, if you weren't able to stock up on groceries, you can always call for a pizza. Just don't be too put off if it takes them a little while longer to get to you.
Pudgie's Pizza Manager, Joe Schuster says, "Delivery people use their own vehicle. Whatever they own, they use, so that's why it takes a little longer. We just do with what we can."
The Tractor Supply Company in Grand Central Plaza will be open during their regular business hours for the rest of the week. And, Pudgie's Pizza will be limiting their deliver route to the Village of Horseheads as long as the snow keeps up.