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.
Thousands in Tompkins Co. Still Without Power
Neighbors say they heard their windows rattling from the strong winds. They say the storm was quick, but clean up most certainly will not be.
"It was crazy at first and then it was done," said Cundi Davis. "I have four little kids and it was scary for them because they obvioulsy have no idea, but then it was done. Now, we still have no power."
Cyndi Davis has been told power won't be fully restored until Saturday at the earliest.
"So, I just packed up my food in my car," said Davis. "We'll probably stay with my parent's or we have lots of family in the area."
The 911 center answered over 150 calls for wires and trees down Tuesday night.
The damage has been keeping local companies busy, especially tree removal services.
"A lot of uprooted trees. It's quite a mess," said Andrew Lampman, Lampan Tree Service. "Last week there was a lot of damage as well and that's what we're picking up on still."
Across the state, close to 57,000 NYSEG customers lost power. Crews are still on scene working on restoring service.
Downed wires are being guarded by NYSEG workers.
"In many cases, the lines were still energized," said Lee Shurtleff, Director, Tompkins County Emergency Response. "That's a potential hazard for anybody that walks near them."