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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.
Painted Post Not Dissolving Into Erwin
Tempted by the intriguing probability of tax relief, members of the Painted Post community came up with the idea to dissolve their village into the Town of Erwin.
The dissolution resolution failed 291 to 376.
January 24, 2013
Painted Post (WENY) - Tempted by the intriguing probability of tax relief, members of the Painted Post community came up with the idea to dissolve their village into the Town of Erwin. That idea was put to a vote tonight, as the village held a public referendum to let neighbors decide whether or not to merge with Erwin, but the results are in, and Painted Post will remain just the way it is.
History of the area known as Painted post goes back to the dawn of our country. The local Indian tribes literally marked their territory with a wooden painted post, establishing their identity. Sheri Golder from the Corning Painted Post Historical Society says, “It was a really a power representation for the Indians.”
Thursday, current residents headed to the polls fighting to preserve their power, and overall identity, by not dissolving into the Town of Erwin. Amy Tryon was the committee chair of Save the Post Committee.
“There's so much family history here, we have generations upon generations of people that have grown up in painted post and they don't want to lose their home or their identity,” says Tryon.
Amy Hargrave's husband grew up in Painted Post.
“My husband was brought up here and this is where we always lived,” says Hargrave.
Even people who have lived in the village for a short time feel connected. Brian Francis and active duty serviceman for the army has been living in Painted Post for two years.
“Everyone is tight, its nice to have a small police department, everybody knows everybody here. I joined the local fire department so I am a volunteer guy. Its just a nice area and I've lived in a lot of places and this is rare,” says Francis.
For the people who voted no to the dissolution, it was a fight to keep control of a village deeply rooted in history.
“Nobody wants to lose painted post nobody wants to lose their identity and we just want to keep our autonomy. We just want to be independent from Erwin and keep government local,” says Tryon.