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.
LATEST ON THE STORM
Winter Storm WARNING for Chemung, Steuben, Yates, Schuyler & Tompkins Counties. This means significant winter weather is likely in the these counties.
Winter Weather ADVISORY for Tioga County, NY, Tioga County, PA & Potter County, PA. A wintry mixture of rain, sleet, freezing rain and snow is likely for these counties. While there will be some accumulating snow, it appears that it'll occur later today and tonight for these counties. Overall snowfall amount for these counties will be lower with a mix lasting longer.
TIMELINE: Through the morning...it'll be rain showers with little impact on roadways, however, it could be a little slick. It appears a batch of steady rain will arrive midday and that is when rain showers will mix with snow and sleet. It'll eventually swtich over to all snow during the mid-to-late afternoon. During the afternoon, falling temperatures will be common. As the temperatures drops to Near 32° roadways will likely become slick. Once readings drop below 32° snow will begin sticking to everything. Snow will stick to trees, cars, grassy surfaces, roadways, sidewalks and driveways. There is a potential for steady snow during the evening rush. Wind speeds will begin to increase later today, too. Sustained wind speeds will likely be in the 15-25mph range with wind gusts in excess of 30mph! Snow will begin to change from a wet snow to more of a powdery snow and with windy weather, expect blowing and drifting snow to evolve. In addition to northerly winds driving colder air into the region, expect a flash freeze as any water on surfaces from the mild weather the past few days rapidly freezes with falling temperatures.
Snow will persist through the evening with some occasionally moderate to heavy bursts of snow. Snow will gradually ease a bit as we go through the night. By the time the storm is over, 4-8" will likely be on the ground for sections of the Twin Tiers. Snow totals will be higher over the Finger Lakes with 8-12" likely.
Strong northerly wind speeds through the night will not only cause blowing and drifitng snow, it'll also cause wind chill readings to fall below zero late tonight and Thursday morning.
While the models have come into better agreement, it continues to be a VERY tricky forecast with respect to snow, mix and snowfall amounts. A small shift in the track of this storm could change our thinking. We will keep you posted.
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