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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.
Robie Family Reacts to Eric Smith Parole Decision
SAVONA (WENY) -- The family of Derrick Robie gets the news they were hoping for... Derrick's killer will remain behind bars.
The New York State parole board denied release for Eric Smith. The parole board released the ruling today, after Smith appeared before the panel yesterday.
Smith is serving nine years to life for the brutal murder of four year Derrick Robie, nearly 19 years ago. He is up for parole every two years...each time, Derrick's parents, Dale and Dori and his younger brother Dalton make their case as to why Derrick's killer shouldn't be set free. This year, the Robie's hand-delivered more than 100 community letters and a video of Derrick's short life to the parole board. They're relieved Smith will remain in prison for another two years.
"I wasn't worried. There's always a concern. There's always that portion in your heart that you think, gee you know, stranger things have happened. So we just hope for the best," said Dori.
Dori says after learning the news, she immediately contacted Dale, Dalton and her mother to let them know. She says Dalton, her son who is now 20 years old, told his mom he loved her.
Dori and Dale say the letters the community wrote to the parole board were vital in the effort to keep Smith in prison. And now that he'll remain behind bars for two more years, they can start moving forward with legislation that would extend the length of time between parole hearings for certain dangerous offenders.
Dale Robie says they're starting the process of reaching out to lawmakers to get the ball rolling.
"Just waiting for responses, because I know the process could take three years. But you've got to start somewhere," he explained.
The Robie family thanks the community for their support. Smith is eliglble for parole again in 2014.
To read Part One of the Robie's story about Derrick and their fight to keep Smiith in prison, click here.
To read Part Two, click here.