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.
Graduation Dream Come True
DRYDEN (WENY)---Four years ago, Nick Patte entered High school with one goal in mind- to graduate. Today, he can put a check next to that dream and he has a diploma to show for it.
Nick says, "It was kind of easy and I'm excited to be out of school and moving onto college."
A lot of kids in Nick Patte's situation don't finish school as easily. Diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy at two, Nick's muscles have been steadily detereorating since.
His mother Sharon says the moment he was handed his diploma was one of her proudest moments.
She says, "It was a blessing, we just didn't know and we are so lucky that we had graduation today."
"He's always wanted to go and be free and he preservered and he made it through his senior year," said his sister, Alissa.
His gym teacher, Krista Gillette says she adores Nick. She said, "Watching him walk the stage warms my heart and its something I will keep in my heart forever."
You can tell, graduation isn't something Nick's loved ones take for granted especially with Nick's diagnosis, which dramatically decreases life expetancy.
Nick and Eric Brodsky have known each other for over 15 years. Both suffer from duchenne M-D.
Eric graduated in 2011, and he knows what struggles lie ahead but he sees only good things in Nick's future.He says, "The disease he has it makes him very weak but he's overcome it. He will. He'll be fine."
And Nick is fine, a happy kid, with lots and lots of friends. His Teachers say he didn't let his disability define him.
"He loved to hang out with everybody and do everything everybody else did," said one of his high school aids, Amy Curry.
Gillette says, "Over the five years his disability got worse but he still did everything that every other kid did."
His mother did get emotional when talking about her son. She says, "He always puts a smile on. No matter how tough times are, he always does."
An 18-year-old who keeps one motto in the back of his head.
He says, "Live life to the fullest. That's really all."
Nick plans to take a year off and relax and then go to college for video game design.
And, if you want to to Duchenne M-D, there is a chicken Barbuque on July 14th.
The event is at the Lansing Ball Field and it starts at 10:30 in the morning.