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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.
Tioga Downs Owner Hopes for Casino
NICHOLS --[WENY] The owner of Tioga downs hopes his racino could soon welcome table games like blackjack and poker.
The Owner, Jeff Gural, say's he'd be ready to break ground as soon as Governor Cuomo's proposal to bring as many as three casino's in upstate New York is approved and he thinks his rasino is a perfect fit.
"If you look at it geographically it's a good location because you know we're centrally located between elmira binghamton ithaca we've got pennsylvania you know, so if you look around theres no other casino in the neighborhood," said Gural.
If Tioga Downs is given a permit Jeff's plans go even further.
He plans to build a 135 room hotel that can host meetings, weddings and other large events.
He'd like to add in a spa, some nice restaurants, and an indoor parking garage as well.
"I personally have a lot of confidence in the Governor and I'm going to do my best to convince him that you should get a license over here and some of the other tracks just because we need jobs and we can get up and running so quickly compared to bringing in some outside company," said Gral.
Gov. Cuomo proposed a gaming commission will decide between bidders for where the casinos will be built.
But lawmakers would still need to approve a plan, and it would require a constitutional amendment approved by voters.
The vote could come as soon as November.