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.
Winter Weather Fire Warnings
HORSEHEADS (WENY)--- In the past week the Twin Tiers has seen a handful of fires from the fire at Sheesley's sewer company, to the Newark Valley house fire that killed volunteer firefighter, Matthew Porcari.Owego Firefighter, Cliff Alexander says, "People call us heros, by the way we die. I think it's more how they live prior to that he was a dedicated fireman and gave his life for the community that he supported so."
On average, winter fires cause about 950 deaths, 3,800 injuries and $1.7 billion in damage every year. So, how can you put a freeze on fires this season?"Be a little more diligent in safety and looking for things that may be a problem," said Elmira Fire Marshall, Joseph Marino.
And, the problem could be the heater in your home. That means, wood stoves, fire places and space heaters.
"Portable heating units should only be used when you are in the room and keep it away from a common path of travel so they can't be knocked over by children or pets," said Marino.General Manager Jeff Weaver from the "Do It' Center in Horseheads says, "They do require you to pay attention to them. Most of them have an anti-tipping device, that's what you should look at, if it tips over it will turn off automatically." It's also important to keep flammable materials, like clothing and blankets, at least three feet away from the heaters. And some devices are not meant for the bedroom.
"We have in stock some propane heaters that are made for garage use and outdoor use, but definitely only under supervision," said Weaver.
It's important to keep an eye on your heater at all times and always practice fire drills with your family.
"Remember general fire safety, cleanliness, and make sure everyone has a meeting place," said Marino.