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.
"Think Before You Drink" Prom Campaign
CHEMUNG COUNTY (WENY) -- It's prom season. Don't forget your tux, dress, flowers and... Not to drink and drive.
That's the message that 'Trinity of Chemung County' is pushing to local high school seniors using these little blue cards.
Christine Nightingale, Prevention Supervisor says that she wants the message to reach all juniors and seniors in the area.
"We have little cards that are the size of business cards that we have given out to area florest and tuxedo and dress shops," says Nightingale.
The cards say "HAVE A DRUG & ALCOHOL FREE PROM". It's a reminder to students that it's better to be safe than sorry.
Horseheads' Mayor Don Zeigler says that Prom is big deal in this area.
"The high school seniors are going to dances, coming out to party," says Zeigler. "For me, I've seen a lot and it's been dangerous."
His shop, 'Zeigler Florist' has participated in the "Think Before You Drink" campaign since it started four years ago.
"We're the last effort to remind them to drive safe as we they open their corsage up to give to their date," says Zeigler. "There's a card from 'Trinity' that says, Don't drink. Don't drive. Drive safe. Have a good safe night."
Workers at 'Bonjulie's' Dress Shop says it's a card students don't expect to get with their prom purchase.
"They are taken back a little bit like "whaT?," says Bonnie Blide, co- owner of Bonjulie's. "I'm like I know you weren't expecting that from me. You were probably expecting, I want your tux back on Tuesday."
Blide says any extra reminder is important. She wants all students to have memorable, but safe night.
"Enjoy the prom, enjoy the dancing. When do you get to go out?," says Blide. "A night with all of your friends like that, with music and dancing? Don't ruin it by drinking."