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.
Porcari Home Fundraiser
OWEGO-- [WENY] A couple of small business owners are lending a big helping hand to the grieving family of a Southern Tier firefighter killed in the line of duty.
Before he died, Captain Matt Porcari was renovating his home which was badly damaged by the flood.
Now, Home Central Hardware and Hulslander Custom Concrete are trying to finish the home for his wife and kids.
Home Central has raised 1,500 so far and the fundraising effort is plowing on.
Captain Matthew Porcari was just starting to work on the second floor of his home before his tragic death.
A fellow firefighter, Justin Hulslander came to Adam Hall at Home Central to ask for donations to finish the job on Matt's house.
Home Central decided to take it a step further and ask the community for donations too.
"Well we originally wanted to do something for the family and by Justin asking us to do donations it opened the door for us to allow people that have been asking us what we were going to do and how they can help us do things," said Adam Hall.
Justin worked with Captain Porcari and preferred not to be on camera; however he said that Porcari was a kind and generous soul who always helped others, so it was just natural that Justin wanted to help out his two children and wife.
"It's not something she was worried about before and any of this you know it's one thing she doesn't have to worry about."
Justin also asked the Owego super mart to help out with the fundraising effort.
"He asked if I could make copies of the flier. I made copies of the flier and after he left I thought I need to do more than this, so I brought in a [large] empty water bottle and started getting donations to donate towards helping them rebuild the family home, said Todd Russell, who operates the Super Mart.
They've had a the large water bottle out since Sunday.
Home Central is accepting cash, check or credit donations at the store, or you can donate by phone at 607-687-3284.