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.
Is College Worth It?
With college costs constantly on the rise, a lot of people wonder whether a degree still worth the time and money in the long run?
August 24, 2012
Mansfield (WENY) - With college costs constantly on the rise, a lot of people wonder whether a degree still worth the time and money in the long run? It's no secret, since the great recession recent college grads struggle to find work, but does that mean a degree isn't worth it. A new study looked into that question and found, since the great recession, jobs are easier to come by for people with college degrees. About six million jobs requiring just a high school diploma were lost when the recession hit in 2007, and the numbers are still going down, but, jobs for people with college degrees are on the rise. Today was a day to celebrate the year to come and to welcome new students to at Mansfield University. College still appeals to millions every year, and a Georgetown University study says there's good reason. A college degree is worth $1.3 million, in additional lifetime earnings.
Christina Rinnert graduated from high school in 1985, and since then she has struggled to earn the same money as her coworkers with college degrees.
“I was passed over for a job because the reason they gave me was that I don't have a degree and the other person does and I thought alright that's it I'm going back,” says Rinnert.
The unemployment rate for all four year graduates is 4-and-a-half percent. For workers with only high school diplomas, its nearly 24 percent.
Mansfield University Interim President Alan Golden knows the benefit of a college degree. "From a financial standpoint students with a college degree will earn far more than without it by any measure having a college degree is an advantage.”
As Christina found out, the advantages go beyond personal economics.
“The things that I learned here about my self and about the world, invaluable, its changed me.”
The number of jobs for workers with a college degree rises 4 percent every year while the growth rate for high school only jobs is zero.