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.
HORSEHEADS -- [WENY] Inconsistent weather patterns have caused some flowers and trees to bloom early, and the pollen's spreading a little earlier this year.
Some might be mistaking that stuffy nose and sore throat for a cold, but it could be Spring allergies even though it sure is cold out there right now.
"Runny nose, itchy scratchy throat, itchy ears, you can get a cough, you can get a sore throat with it, watery eyes, itchy eyes," said Jenilee Foster a physicians assistant at Five Star Urgent Care.
Those are the telltale signs of allergies, which can be coming earlier and stronger this Spring.
"I have noticed a couple of people with new allergy onsets this winter which seemed odd because it doesn't usually happen as often," said Vito Diciolla a pharmacist at Gerould's.
If you've never had allergies before, don't think you're automatically in the clear.
"Your body evolves and your allergies can change as you get older," said Foster.
The best way to prevent allergies is to avoid going outside during peak allergy days.
Next, try over-the-counter allergy medicines.
"There's basically three different allergy medicines, there's claritin, zyrtec, and allegra and they all have generics and they all work very well," said Diciolla.
But sometimes, your body's response to a certain medication can change, so you may have to make a switch.
"I was on Claritin, they actually just changed mine to Allegra so hopefully this will be a new experience for me and is more productive and can cure my problem," said Arnold Turner, who has allergies.
If the over-the-counter medications don't work, patients can try allergy shots once a week.
The most important thing is to make sure you treat your symptoms.
"A lot of time allergies can form into a cold if they're not taken care of because they can plug up your sinuses, end up with fluid in the ears which can cause an infection," said Foster.
Doctors say if you know you have allergies, it's important to start treatment before symptoms start because that will help build defenses.