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.
Webster Gun Provision
Another provision in the gun control package signed into law this evening is in response to an event that hit much closer to home.
Southern Tier (WENY) - Another provision in the gun control package signed into law this evening is in response to an event that hit much closer to home. The community in Webster New York are still grieving the loss of some of their first responders, and the "Webster Provision" in the New York Safe Act will aim to prevent tragedies like that in the future. Some have mixed feelings about the new law, but in general, they are very happy with the "Webster Provision".
Being a volunteer firefighter is a dangerous job, it comes with the territory. But firefighters shouldn't fear of being murdered while responding on-scene to battle a blaze. The Safe New York Act includes the "Webster Provision" which says anyone who murders a first responder will be given a life sentence without parole. Chief of the Town and Country Fire Department Sean Lohmuller says it's a start.
“It's definitely a step in the right direction, unfortunately it's not going to correct anything that we still deal with on a day to day basis. Everyday we go out and we're still thinking about Webster and if that could happen to us,” says Lohmuller.
Chief John Tighe from Corning Fire Department says times have changed and the Webster Provision is a a big step. The Webster community still grieves for their loss, and Chief Tighe Says that loss is felt throughout the community
“You feel it all over, not just the southern tier but all over the country,” says Tighe. “It was the topic of discussion today at the meetings I was in with the fire chiefs from around the state and it's been on our minds ever since it occurred.”
Sharing a gun with an individual who is not authorized to possess a gun and then commits a crime will now constitute as criminal facilitation.