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.
Presidential Candidates, Gun Lobbyists React to Colorado Shooting
WASHINGTON, DC (WENY) -- It’s not business as usual in Washington, D.C. or on the presidential campaign trail as a result of Friday’s Colorado movie theater shootings.
The incident is also thrusting the messages of pro-and-anti-gun lobbies – based in our nation’s capital – back in to the spotlight.
“There are going to be other days for politics. This, I think, is a day for prayer and reflection,” said President Obama, at what was supposed to be a campaign rally in Florida Friday morning.
The president led the crowd in a moment of silence for the victims of the shooting, canceled a second Florida event, and returned to Washington. The White House also canceled campaign stops for First Lady Michelle Obama in Virginia and Vice-President Joe Biden in Texas. Later, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney echoed the president’s sentiments, before canceling the rest of his events for the day.
“This is a time for each of us to look into our hearts, and remember how much we love one another, and how much we care for our great country,” said Romney.
“We’re shocked by it. Sadly, we’re not surprised by it,” said Ladd Everitt of the DC-based gun-control lobby Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.
Everitt says the current background check regulations aren’t enough.
“There are so many cases where people are buying are legally buying guns who aren’t ‘close calls.’ They’re clearly a threat to themselves and others. And it’s just sad to see it happen once again,” he said.
“Gun control cannot stop lunatics from going on a rampage, unfortunately,” said John Velleco from Gun Owners of America.
Velleco says more gun control could make future incidents even worse, “because you could reduce the number of good guys who might be armed who can defend themselves and their families and others around them.”
One thing both sides of the gun lobby can agree on – they want to see all the facts in this case. And right now, there are still a lot more questions than answers.
The Romney campaign is pulling all its political ads from Colorado TV stations, while the president’s camp says it’ll pull “contrast ads.”