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.
Tick Season Starts
Experts expect more ticks this season
Twin Tiers (WENY) - The mild winter wasn't just nice for Twin Tiers residents, it was perfect for insects, too, and as a result, health officials expect there will be a lot more bugs to deal with this summer. So protecting yourself from ticks is something to keep in mind. The black legged tick, also known as the deer tick, only needs to be on your body for 24 hours to transfer Lyme disease into the blood stream. It's that time of year again when we all go outside to enjoy nice weather, a dip in the pool or a hike in the woods, but make sure to check yourself afterward. With the nice weather coming, checking yourself after doing any outside activities is important.
Jabe Warren, the from Cornell Cooperative Extension says the mild winter has left behind more ticks than other years.“We're entering the season with higher than normal population,” Warren said. “We've got a reduced mouse population this year and that's further compounding the problem because these ticks are out looking for hosts.”
Tompkins County Environmental Health Department saw a 60 percent increase in 2010, when 70 cases of Lyme disease were reported. Last year, that number jumped to over 100. “If you find a tick on your body, remove it right away,” said Tom Kump, the Director of Environmental Health Services with the Chemung Co. Health Department. ”One of the first things people will notice is a bulls eye type of rash on the skin.”
If a rash occurs, see the doctor as soon as possible, but the best way to prevent Lyme disease is to take precautions when going outside by wearing bug spray, long sleeves and pants.