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.
Tanner’s P.A.W.S Almost Complete
Since March of last year Tanner’s Paws in Corning is the only no-kill animal shelter in the area.
Corning (WENY) - Since March of last year Tanner’s P.A.W.S in Corning is the only no-kill animal shelter in the area. It's founders and volunteers are excited about the upcoming completion of the building, but they need the communities help to stay open. The founder of Tanner’s P.A.W.S and the volunteers want to save dogs that would have been euthanized if they didn't step in. Christie Speciale started her organization in honor of her dog Tanner, who died of cancer. Tanner’s P.A.W.S is the first and only animal shelter in Corning, but the dogs they help reach beyond the city.
“Our dogs are anything from owner surrenders to strays,” says Speciale. “We will pretty much take anything as long as we have availability and now we have dog control contracts in the city of corning and the town of Caton.”
In three weeks the shelter will be finished and hold a dozen animals until they are adopted out. Volunteers like Laura Burke are helping anyway they can
“I do a little bit of everything,” says Burke. “I put all these kennels together with Christie one night. We help with the building, I get my family up here to help. I come up during the day so I can let them out so they can go out and play just whatever I can.”
Laura thinks that the shelter will grow in the future and more people will come to help.
“I think the volunteers are going to start coming in more as people start hearing about, and I think she is going to have enough volunteers to get bigger as time goes on.”
Now Tanner’s P.A.W.S is in the running for a national grant competition with more than 10,000 other shelters. If Tanner’s P.A.W.S wins, the organization is eligible for a lot of grant money, they just need votes.