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 1-800-894-9131.
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 1-800-894-9131.
Business Leaders Voice Concerns of LPG Storage Plans
Over 100 business owners in the region came together tonight to voice their concerns to Governor Cuomo, hoping he will deny any permits to allow gas storage in the Finger Lakes.
WATKINS GLEN--[WENY]--Over 100 business owners in the region came together tonight to voice their concerns to Governor Cuomo, hoping he will deny any permits to allow gas storage in the Finger Lakes.
The finger lakes is a region touted by Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Finger Lakes tourist spending alone brings in over $2.8 billion dollars yearly, and Seneca Lake is the heart of Wine Country.
State and Federal officials are in the process of making plans to convert century old salt caverns into liquid petroleum gas and natural gas storage facilities.
According to the NY Propane Gas Association , Crestwood Subsidiary of Inergy Midstream is proposing to initially store 88.2 million gallons of LPG, but the area has enough storage for 40 million barrels.
The project could also create 8-10 permanent jobs.
On March 15 the of last year Acting Associate State Geologist Andrew Kozlowski wrote the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation a recommendation for the proposed project.
Approving the project based on findings that it will have no adverse impacts on the existing geologic environment.
But findings buy Fas Free Seneca and an Associate Attorney at Earthjustice have found the caverns may already be unsafe.
WENY will continue to follow the developments on the proposed gas storage in the coming weeks.