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.
S.E. Steuben Co. Library Pitches New Proposal
CORNING (WENY) -- "I like the library because they have great books for me to read," said second grader Ella Kay Bartholomew.
She comes to the Southeastern Steuben County library regularly. It's one of her favorite places.
"They have good movies and good people working here," said Bartholowmew.
Two library workers were eliminated and it's no longer open on Sundays-due to a failed funding referendum last December. So, leaders went back to the drawing board.
"It was a hard process because it was made up of obviously very difficult decisions," said Pauline Emery, Southeast Steuben Co. Library Director. "We had to reduce significantly by $100,000.
They've cutting programs for children, teens and adults, slashed technology upgrades and bought fewer new releases for people to borrow.
"I would say most of the books I got were here at the library. I would just come in I would spend long time just sitting here reading books without even checking them out and going home with them," said Kris Beykirch.
Last year's failed vote sought to raise $960,000 by raising the property tax levy. Under the new plan, $786,000 would be raised through a library tax for people living in the Corning-Painted Post School District.
That also includes more than 700 properties located in Chemung County, that are in the C-PP district lines.
For the average home valued at $100,000, property owners would pay an addition $41 a year in taxes.
A vote on the proposal will be held in October. Over the next several months, library leaders plan on taking an active approach and educating people about how the new plan would work, if passed.