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.
Odds of Winning the Powerball Jackpot
Twin Tiers (WENY) - The Powerball jackpot is up to $500 million and if you think the dollar figure is breathtaking, wait till you hear about your odds of winning it all. First Mega Millions, now Powerball, for the second time in a year's time, a record lotto jackpot will be paid out to anyone lucky enough to have those six magical numbers being drawn Wednesday. Half of a billion dollars are up for grabs, leaving anyone who bought a ticket wondering: do I have a chance. Christine Sterner a Sophomore at Elmira College is dreaming of big money.
“Pay off the rest of my tuition, buy a car, donate a good portion of it,” says Christine.
It's easy to dream about winning the lottery and what you'd do as a millionaire, but actually winning it is another story. If we work out the basic equation of winning the Powerball jackpot Wednesday, chances of winning are 1 in 275,223,510. Charlie Jacobson, an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Elmira College, put the odds into perspective.
“Winning is very unlikely. You get your ticket you hope you win and its fun to dream but its very unlikely, and it would be a horrible retirement plan.”
Nolan Pratt a Math Major at the college is still not scared by the odds.
“Absolutely I'm going to by a ticket,” says Nolan. “Me and my roommates we're going to buy it then move to Colorado and ski big mountains all day.”
Nolan is like many of us, beat the system by buying as many tickets as possible with some friends, sounds like a good idea, right?
“I mean we've been living together for two years now so we have a pretty strong trust for one another so its understood,” says Pratt.
People in a lottery pool may be your "friends" but here are some tips so you get your share of the dough. Select a leader, and make sure the rules are set before the lottery drawing. The leader should make a copy of all the tickets and hand each participant their own copy. Despite the tremendous odds a Math Major and a proffessor betting on luck.
“I'm not getting my hopes up because I know I'm not going to win but there's still a small chance and I'll take that chance,” says Pratt.
“If I won something like that I would use it for some charitable work where I feel like it was making a difference,” says Jacobson.
There hasn't been a Powerball winner since October 6th. The drawing is for $500 million Jackpot is Wednesday night at 10:59.