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.
DC: Budget Deal Needs Congressional Approval
WASHINGTON, DC (WENY) -- Last night, the chairs of both the House and Senate Budget Committees – Republican Paul Ryan and Democrat Patty Murray announced they reached a two-year budget deal that would set spending at just over a trillion dollars for both 2014 and 2015.
It would also prevent another government shutdown in January, and help reduce the deficit by $23 billion.
"It is a measured approach to move the country in the right direction, so I'm OK with it. Everything I've read, it addresses the deficit, it makes additional deficit cuts. It does not raise taxes," explained Northern Tier Congressman Glenn Thompson, (R - PA).
One hot topic not addressed in Ryan and Murray’s budget deal is the extension of federal emergency unemployment compensation benefits. These are the benefits that kick in after state benefits run out. The law that lengthened federal unemployment to 99 weeks is set to expire at the end of the year.
Many Republicans and Democrats are divided on this issue.
"I think the conference committee for the budget spoke by not taking action as taking action, and the fact that unemployment compensation has been extended so many times. Our goal needs to be putting people back to work," said Rep. Thompson.
Meanwhile, Democratic Congressman Dan Kildee is calling for an immediate extension of federal unemployment benefits, saying, quote, “Completely cutting unemployment compensation would reduce consumer demand and slow job growth…Congress should not adjourn until we extend emergency unemployment benefits for over a million Americans.”
The House could vote on the budget bill as early as tomorrow, and right now, they’re scheduled to wrap up their legislative year on Friday.