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.
Bill to help reduce auto emissions red tape
WASHINGTON, D.C. - For decades, the Clean Air Act has helped to reduce pollution by regulating auto emissions standards.
The law also requires car dealers to show customers paperwork proving a car meets those standards.
But some dealers, like Bill Reineke of Reineke Family Dealerships, say the paperwork costing them time and money.
“It’s a waste of time,” said Reineke.
That’s because, now, all cars are required to have a sticker under the hood that states the same information on the paper. The information can also be found online.
Republican Congressman Bob Latta introduced a bill alongside Democratic Rep. Gary Peters (MI) to amend the Clean Air Act, and repeal what he calls a “duplicative mandate.”
“It served its purpose maybe back in 1981, but it sure doesn’t serve its purpose today,” said Latta. “It’s reducing the amount of paperwork that a business has to contend with….When you think about all of the thousands of dealerships across the states, it’s a problem when you talk about all the cars that are being sold. We’re talking about millions.”
The bill already has 75 co-sponsors. Reineke hopes hopes it passes soon.
“I think it should be a no-brainer with it being non-partisan and with some of the different sponsors -- people from California, from Ohio. It seems too good to be true almost,” he said.