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.
Staying Safe at WGI
WATKINS GLEN (WENY) -- Over 100,000 fans will flock to Watkins Glen International in Schuyler County on Sunday for the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen.
"Fans are first at Watkins Glen International, so we try to do everything possible to make that true," said Betsy Mayer, Senior Manager of Public and Community Relations at WGI.
Already hundreds of campers line the site, filled with fans eager for some exciting events leading up to race day. Many having their own fun while they wait.
"The campers that we have, they camp! They know how to do it correctly," said Mayer.
She says some have brought in small swimming pools, and that's not permitted. Some discreet items that are also prohibited at WGI include weapons and drones. Coolers are allowed in the grandstands, but cannot exceed 9 by 10 by 11 inches.
"Everyone that comes in every vehicle, is subject to search if we deem necessary," said Mayer.
The Schuyler County Sheriff's Office was on site Wednesday, getting things set up for the rest of the week.
Schuyler County Sheriff Bill Yessman says he's worked very closely with WGI on safety over the past several years to make this a family friendly weekend. Only about a dozen people were arrested last year compared to hundreds that typically ended up in cuffs back in the 70's.
At least 50 officers will be working everyday from agencies throughout the area. On race day, they'll kick security up a notch.
"We work with Watkins Glen International, their slogan is Fans First, so we try and enforce that in our own way," said Sheriff Bill Yessman. "We're fan friendly, but if people cause problems they have to pay the consequences."
Schuyler County also recently started using Ping 4 Alerts. The Sheriff suggests people download the free smart phone app to get real time safety alerts for WGI, including severe weather.
"If you download that app, and we have any sort of emergency on the track, we can just send it to the track area," said Sheriff Yessman.
New technology has really made a difference in security here at WGI. Last year, WGI started a texting feature that's monitored 24/7, where employees can text alerts in to the Sheriff's Command Post with any issues.