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.
State Reps Help Flood Victims
BRANCHPORT (WENY) -- After some of the worst flooding in decades, New York State is stepping in to help neighbors recover.
Neighbors in Steuben and Yates counties are still cleaning up after the devastating flash flooding, earlier this month. Many are estimating thousands of dollars in damages and are having some issues with insurance.
state disaster recovery units and insurance specialists have been throughout the Keuka Lake area for the past few days to help people with insurance claims and payments.
Homeowners with property damage are being urged to file claims promptly.
"There's a lot of erosion and now that the water is draining off, the soil is drying out," said flood victim, Bob Fox. "It's continuing to cave in. It's making it's way under my garage. I have no way gain access to my garage for maintenance or emergency equipment. It's just not accessible."
Bob Fox has a written estimate from a contractor for $10,000 in damages. That doesn't include damage from a creek that runs to the side which swallowed his dock.
"I gotta continue digging it out I got about 8 foot of it still buried," said Fox.
He's just one of hundreds of people with questions about how to get the ball rolling with repairs. Governor Andrew Cuomo sent the Department of Financial Services’ (DFS) Mobile Command Center to the Keuka Lake area to help homeowners and businesses impacted by flooding.
"For the past two days we've been in Penn Yan," said Banking and Insurance Analyst with the New York State Department of Financial Services, Michael Romano. "The first day we saw about 67 consumers, yesterday we saw about 90 consumers dropping off applications for the state grant program and then also inquiring about questions about their insurance policies
Affected homeowners may be eligible for up to 10-thousand dollars in assistance, and small businesses could get up to 25-thousand dollars through a state disaster relief program.
" I don't know if I'm going to get anything or not but I figured if I don't try, I darn sure am not going to get anything.
The Disaster Recovery Assistance Application must be postmarked by June 6th. You can find it at: http://www.nyshcr.org/programs/nys-flood/
If you have any questions, you can call the DFS Disaster hotline, 1-800-339-1759, which is staffed on weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.