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.
Congress Moves Legislation Before Holiday Break
WASHINGTON, DC (WENY) -- Lawmakers on Capitol Hill came together Friday to pass bipartisan legislation to improve infrastructure, help students pay off college loans, and help prevent the spread of an invasive species.
Yesterday, it seemed Congress was divided as ever between the Supreme Court’s ruling on health care reform and the House vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. But on Friday, it was a whole different story.
Both the House and Senate passed what’s called a conference report. It included a provision to prevent interest rates on subsidized Stafford loans for undergrads from doubling on July 1st. President Obama has been speaking at colleges across the country all year long urging Congress to take action on this. Those interest rates will now stay at 3.4% through July 2013.
The bill also includes $105 billion for highway and infrastructure improvement across the country. It’s also estimated to create or save three million construction jobs.
And then, there’s the provision that calls on the Army Corps of Engineers to submit a plan to Congress within 18 months to stop the spread of the invasive Asian Carp into the Great Lakes. The fish can grow up to 100 pounds and eat almost everything in their path – threatening the $7 billion a year fishing industry on the Great Lakes. The House bill passed by a vote of 373-52, while the Senate bill passed 74-19. It heads to the president’s desk.
Friday was the last day Congress was in session before a week-long recess for the Fourth of July holiday.