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.
Mobile Commerce Up
With every holiday season, shopping trends are identified and analyzed. This year, more shoppers used tablets and smart phones to do their holiday shopping than ever before.
Twin Tiers (WENY) - With every holiday season, shopping trends are identified and analyzed. This year, more shoppers used tablets and smart phones to do their holiday shopping than ever before. In fact more than 2/3rds of all consumers used a mobile device to find a deal or a store while shopping. From online shopping to smart phone payments, mobile commerce and its role in the American consumer lifestyle has exploded this year. This year shoppers spent $36 billion or 5 percent of all sales using a mobile device. Shopping has never been easier, with smart phones and tablets, you can literally be anywhere and shop till your hearts content.
Jim Bricker is the CEO of Order Mapper, His company works with apps to get consumers what they need as fast as possible.
"What we saw this year was retail sales were only up 1 percent so with inflation it was actually very disappointing. with mobile sales the numbers were much higher it was about 72 percent over last year,” says Jim. “What we're seeing is more and more people are buying smart phones and tablets and moving away from the PC so in the past you had to sit down in front of your computer to make a purchase now you can make a purchase where ever you are you can be at work on the train, you can even be in your car.”
Companies like Shop Savy and Order Mapper are seeing growth in the mobile sales, and with more and more people buying smart phone and tablets, Jim and consumers like Kim McCall from Horseheads believe that mobile commerce will be directly.
“It's easy you can look through the different things and pay for shipping or not pay for shipping if you order enough and have it gift wrapped and sent to your loved ones,” says Kim.
Here's an eye-opening stat for you, Jim adds people spend 72 percent more while shopping with a mobile device.