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.
Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting
WASHINGTON D.C. (WENY) -- In the midst of a partisan debate over how to avoid going over the fiscal cliff, lawmakers in Washington came together Tuesday night to light the Capitol Christmas Tree – officially ushering in the holiday season.
“Christmas is a season where people ought to share, try to get along and moderate, and find some love in their hearts for other people. And I hope some of that will rub off in Congress as they deal with this terrible so-called cliff,” said Ben Nighthorse Campbell, a former U.S. senator for Colorado.
Campbell drove this year’s Capitol Christmas Tree from White River National Forest in Meeker, Colorado all the way the Washington over the course of three weeks.
“There’s nothing like seeing it tonight. It’s just spectacular, particularly with that beautiful white dome behind it,” said Campbell.
“It was incredible and a great honor,” said high school senior Ryan Schuster, who was chosen by a raffle to flip the switch alongside House Speaker John Boehner.
Boehner set the tone of the evening – shying away from politics and emphasizing the true meaning of the season.
“With this gratitude I offer you this simple phrase – God bless us, everyone. And from my family to yours, Merry Christmas,” said Boehner.
For those who gathered on the West Lawn Tuesday, the tree lighting was a break from the serious issues facing our nation -- if only for a moment.
The lighting of the Capitol Tree is just the beginning for holiday festivities here in our nation’s capital. On Thursday night, President Obama will light the National Tree outside the White House.