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.
Importance on Weatherization Program Funding
Senator Kirstin Gillibrand visited Owego this afternoon to talk about the importance of the federal Weatherization Assistance Program.
Owego (WENY) - Senator Kirstin Gillibrand visited Owego this afternoon to talk about the importance of the federal Weatherization Assistance Program. Together with Congressman Richard Hanna, they both stressed why funding cuts to the program needs to stop. Helping people make their homes more energy efficient, saves people money in energy bills every year. That money can be used towards other things therefore helping the economy grow. Congressman Richard Hanna says he believes in energy efficiency, because it saves his constituents money.
“If you spend $6,500 to upgrade a home and you can get close to $450 per year back, that is the definition of something that pays for itself so it makes sense on every level,” says Hanna.
“Over the last 33 years Weatherization Assistance Program helped more than 7 million families across the country save money by improving the efficiency of their homes and that's money that can be spent towards children medicine towards food towards other needs that families have,” says Gillibrand.
Over the past several years, federal funding has dropped for the Weatherization Assistance Program, making it harder for organizations like Tioga Opportunities Inc. and Director Andrew Hafer to help the people that really need it.
“Our elderly, our homes with disabilities and homes with young children. This funding cut will really negatively effect a lot of homes in our two counties,” says Hafer.
In Broome and Tioga counties alone, the weatherization program helped 486 families in 2011. Following drastic funding cuts, that number is expected to drop to just 130 families, lengthening the already long waiting list. Senator Gillibnrand and other senators wrote a letter to President Obama to increase WAP funding in his budget this year.
“It's not a program that has waste or fraud or fat, it's a program that's extremely efficient and effective so that's why I wrote this letter with others,” says Senator Gillibrand.
Last year the Weatherization Assistance Program received $65 million nationwide. In the letter Senator Gillibrand is asking the president to allocate $210 million.