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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.
Could Reed Bill Prevent Federal Shutdown?
WASHINGTON, D.C. - We are just five days away until a possible government shutdown in Washington, D.C., unless lawmakers can come up with an agreement to continue funding the federal government.
As we’ve been reporting, the House passed a bill last week that would do just that, but it would also defund the Affordable Care Act. Senate Democrats say they will not include a defund of Obamacare in their version of the continuing resolution.
But is there compromise in sight?
WENY News has learned Southern Tier Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) will introduce a piece of legislation he's calling the "Fairness Continuing Resolution." It will continue to fund the federal government, but instead of defunding Obamacare, it would delay the implementation of Obamacare for one year.
This comes the same day as the Obama Administration announced a one-month delay for small businesses looking to enroll in health care exchanges.
“We’re not talking about repealing it or defunding it any longer, in my opinion, if the Senate can send something over that takes that language out, and I don’t know if they’re going to be able to do that. But if they do, I want to be prepared to keep the government open, but do it in a way that prevents millions of Americans from being hit with this train wreck," Reed told WENY News Washington correspondent Ted Fioraliso.
Reed's bill would also repeal the Obamacare exemption for Members of Congress, congressional staff, and members of the Executive branch.
The Senate is scheduled to begin voting on its version of the continuing resolution Friday. Once passed, that version will go back to the House for their consideration.
Stay with WENY News for latest on this story.