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.
Winter Car Preparations
HORSEHEADS (WENY) -- People living in the Twin Tiers are preparing for the second arctic blast this Winter. Some people were out today filling up gas cans for snow blowers. Others were making sure they're not left out in the cold.
Dorothy Borden was gearing up at the Kwick Fill in Horseheads.
"I try to keep my gas tank full when I know it's going to be cold," said Borden.
Having at least half a tank of gas in your car will reduce condensation and make it easier to start in colder temperatures. It's just one of many things Ray Benjamin, the Service Manager at Parmenter's in Horseheads recommends doing around this time of year.
"You want to be on top of actually making sure your battery is up to par and make sure your tire pressures are up to par," said Benjamin. "With the colder temperatures your tire pressure will drop."
The weather can also do a number on your undercarriage. Salt used to clear the roads can build up under there and eat away at some of your components.
"It eats at all your break lines and your fuel lines," said Benjamin. "If you don't get it cleaned up overtime, it takes a while, but eventually it will eat away at that."
Benjamin recommends getting your car cleaned or cleaning it at least once a week to avoid that. And by doing so, you're also preventing rusting. He says even if you haven't had any issues yet, it's still a good idea to get your car serviced when it's due.
"You should stay on top of your services, oil changes and your maintenance," said Benjamin. "A lot of people don't realize you have a service every 10-15 thousand mile increments. What a lot of people don't realize is it helps prolong the [life] of your vehicle."
You also want to make sure your wipers are in tact and you're using anti-freeze instead of normal windshield fluid. If you're worried about your locks or doors freezing, you can lubricate them with WD 40 before a wash.