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.
DNC Delegates Excited for Obama's Prime Time Speech
CHARLOTTE, NC (WENY) -- It may not be in the location they were hoping for, but our Twin Tiers delegates at the Democratic National Convention are still looking forward to tonight's acceptance speeches by President Obama and Vice-President Biden.
The crowd went wild Wednesday night when President Obama took the stage at the DNC, and he didn't even speak! The president made a surprise appearance after former President Bill Clinton wrapped up the nominating address. Tonight, all eyes will be on the vice-president and then the president as they accept the Democratic party's nomination for a second term.
"He'll unite us with his speech. Because we all have different points of view. And just get us all together," said first-time delegate Alicia Hare of Elmira.
She says that will help motivate the delegates to gear up for the next two months before Election Day. "What's done is done, and we have the future ahead of us. So looking forward is a very good thing to do," said Hare.
Democratic delegate Irene Stein of Ithaca was there for the big speech in 2008. Because of the threat of bad weather, tonight's speech won't take place in a big stadium like last time, but she says it'll be just as powerful.
"It is going to be a wonderful experience for everyone in the hall, and I hope for everyone watching on television, and I hope we're all going to leave doing what we have to do - get out the vote for President Obama," said Stein.
Sixty-five thousand people will miss out on tonight's speeches as a result of the move back inside the Time Warner Cable Arena. This afternoon, President Obama thanked them on a conference call.