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.
Texting 911 in Steuben County
Texting is now a part of everyday life, and for some it’s the easiest way to communicate.
March 12, 2013
Steuben County (WENY) - Texting is now a part of everyday life, and for some it's the easiest way to communicate. Now a new 911 service in steuben county is offering a texting option in an emergency. The service is available to any Verizon Wireless customers in Stueben county. If you're in trouble and you can't call just text the dispatch center and someone will be there to help.
At the steuben county 911 dispatch center in Bath, operators work around the clock to make sure neighbors are safe. A new service aims to help the hearing impaired, or someone who might not want to be heard.
"If you felt there was an intruder in your home and you don't want to make noise to alert them to the fact that you were there and you were seeking shelter in the closet," sasy 911 Emergency Center Director David Hopkins "Or maybe you were abducted and they were in the trunk of the car maybe they dont want someone to know they are communicating with us but they want to let us know whats going on."
Steuben county has had a 911 dispatch center since 2005, but before that getting emergency help meant memorizing a lot of numbers. The way it works is just type a new text message and send it to the number 911. The text will start a conversation with the 911 dispatcher. They will then ask you where you are, try to provide an address if you can. Because the message dosent automatically track your location. Right now, phone calls are preferred. Texting is only the beginning, soon other technology will be used to help people in an emergency.
"It will be another couple of years but the ability for someone to say there has been an accident and take a picture or video and send it to us is the next progression in what will be some really interesting stuff," says Hopkins.
Right now, 911 texting is only available for verizon wireless users in steuben county. Over the next year the 911 texting service will become available for other service providers.