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.
Leaders React to State of the State
With everything that Governor Cuomo did talk about Wednesday in his State of the State address, some are upset about some of the topics he didn’t talk about.
New York (WENY) - With everything that Governor Cuomo did talk about Wednesday in his State of the State address, some are upset about some of the topics he didn't talk about. Pressing issues like hydrofracking and mandate relief were left out, making some leaders question the Governor's priorities. State Funding for education and mandate relief are right at the top of that list. Both topics are big concerns for leaders here in the Southern Tier.
New York senator Tom O'Mara says he wants to see a more detailed plan to New York's fiscal issues, not just ideas, and for O'Mara that starts with mandate relief.
"I know our upstate local governments are struggling very much under the property tax cap,” says O'Mara. “I think that was an important reform effort to undertake a couple of years ago but it was promised to come with mandate relief, that the governor promised, which he continues to not follow through on his pledge of mandate relief that we so desperately need for our counties and school districts.”
Elmira City School District Superintendent Joe Hochreiter liked Governor Cuomo's proposals to reward teachers and create more time in the classroom for students.
“Which are nice and great and all wonderful blue sky ideas but he has a vision for the future of education in new york state that is light years apart from our current reality here,” says Hochreiter.
Hochriter also says the reality is schools are struggling to survive, with no help in site. He believes if funding doesn't come soon, schools could become "skeleton" schools, where only core curriculum is taught and nothing more.
“I'd like to have the $20 million cut over the last 4 years back first. I'd like to be able to restore art, music, phys ed, sports programs. I'd like to go back and refill all the things that we cut before we start talking about extended school days and school year,”
School districts will get to see exactly how much funding they are getting from the state very soon. Governor Cuomo is expected to release his education budget in the next few months.