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.
Viral Hit Music Group "Too Many Zooz" Perform at 2300 Degrees
February 16, 2017
CORNING N.Y. (WENY) -- Thursday's 2300 Degrees at the Corning Museum of Glass featured a unique band out of New York City called "Too Many Zooz."
The trio group began playing in subway stations in the city, gaining notoriety with millions upon millions of views through YouTube and social media from fans across the world.
"Baritone saxophone player Leo P. was the one who originally connected everyone else together, inviting friend and trumpet player Matt Doe to a jam session with David "King of Sludge" Parks on drums.
"I was just really good friends with Matt and one day I just told him to come play with us - he was hanging out in my apartment and he didn't have anything else to do so we started playing together. And that first day, we really felt like we had something, and it's been like that ever since," Leo P. says.
"Too Many Zooz's" music style is hard to define, as it's still being developed and is more of an organic feeling with the music rather than a label. But if a label must be applied, they've dubbed their style as "brass house."
"Brass house doesn't have a definition yet, like you said - people ask us what it's called, what kind of style of music it is - it's not Ska and it's not all these other things so we call it brass house," says King of Sludge.
While some of the band members have music education backgrounds, lessons learned by performing in the subway helped the group form its identity and better connect with people listening.
"When you play for a crowd that's, let's say, 1,000 people and you're on a stage and there's a barricade in front of the audience, it's a little harder to gauge how people are feeling and seeing their face and judging their emotion based on what you're playing," explains trumpet player Matt Doe.
"One of the best things about playing in the subway - there are people who saw us play on the first day who still come to see us. And I don't think a lot of bands can say that; they saw us play for the first time, like our first note, and we still see those people. That's probably one of the best things about the subway to me," King of Sludge added.
To check out more from "Too Many Zooz" on Facebook click here: https://www.facebook.com/toomanyzooz
You can also follow them on Twitter, just click here: https://twitter.com/toomanyzooz
And, of course, you can find plenty of videos on YouTube of the group, just search "Too Many Zooz."