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.
Yates and Schuyler Counties Consolidation
WATKINS GLEN (WENY) -- The Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce and the League of Women Voters of Schuyler County met with local leaders and businesses about the proposal.
Similar population, similar demographic, and both in fiscal distress.
County officials discussed the goals of the Yates and Schuyler study with business owners and county workers at a forum in Watkins Glen.
"I guess the ultimate result for my business is to lower taxes," said Ted Marks, owner of Atwater Vineyards. "That's what I hope all this will do. And a much more efficient running government."
Business owners say times are changing and it's important to prepare for the future.
Others say they believe the merger makes sense.
"As a social service agency we do work with a lot of the county government units," said Jeannette Frank, Executive Director at The ARC Schuyler. "So, we just want to make sure that the plans include, people with developmental disabilities."
Dennis Fagan, Schuyler County Legislative Chairman says unfunded mandates in Albany drove them to this decision.
"Well we're on a unsustainable path, as it pertains to providing services and maintaining reasonable tax rates to our tax payers," said Fagan.
Both counties are looking for ways to improve their services and most importantly save money.
But there are some concerns.
"There's going to be a lot of regulatory hurdles to overcome , issues with labor unions, issues with sales tax revenue disbursement," said Fagan.
The Center For Governmental Research us conducting the study, which is paid for with a 100-thousand dollar state grant, with a ten percent local share.
Officials say lowering taxes is the driving force behind this discussion.
"Any benefit, or any actions will result in a benefit in terms of delivery of services, cost deficiencies and effectiveness," said Tim O'Hearn, Schuyler County Administrator. "We won't do it unless that's an end result."