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.
Evidence Argued in Kugler Case
ROCHESTER (WENY) -- The former Elmira woman accused of setting a house fire in Rochester that killed four of her children appeared in Monroe County Court Tuesday as arguments were motioned by the case's attorneys.
Bobbie Kugler, 31, is facing four counts of second-degree murder. She's accused of intentionally setting the fire that killed four of her children in February.
Prosecutors say Kugler set the fire by burning pictures of her boyfriend and tossing them on a dresser filled with clothing.
According to our WENY-TV's affiliate WROC, Kugler's attorney told the judge there is not enough valid evidence to prove the mother of four started the fire with intent to hurt her children.
Gage Reavey, Greg Kugler, Kandee Kugler and Kaiden Kugler all died in the Rochester fire on February 18th.
The defense is asking the charges to be dropped.
“We are also challenging their collection of blood samples that were taken by Strong Hospital that were taken for medical purposes that were then seized by the police without a warrant and violation of her constitutional rights," says Kugler's attorney Michael Lopez, who spoke to WROC.
The next hearing will be on September 28. The trial will begin on January 7.