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 Bureau in hearing room as Sebelius testifies
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Flanked by security, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius quickly left the House Energy and Commerce Committing Hearing around noon Wednesday, fighting off questions from the media after apologizing to the American public.
As she sped off, the dust settled on the biggest healthcare.gov congressional hearing so far this year.
“You deserve better. I apologize. I am accountable to you for fixing these problems,” Sebelius said.
She also told the American public that a team of experts is scrambling to fix the site, which happened to be offline during the hearing.
There were fiery exchanges from both Democrats and Republicans, as Democrats helped defend President Barack Obama’s signature law. Meanwhile, Republicans kept Sebelius in the hot seat.
“You are the architect of the whole program, and you won’t go into it with the rest of the American public,” said Republican Rep. Bill Long (MS).
Sebelius countered and said she did not sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act because it would be illegal for her to do so.
Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) is one of the committee members, and he was at the hearing asking Sebelius his own questions.
Washington Bureau Chief Jacqueline Policastro asked Latta whether Republicans in the committee are adding fuel to the fire.
“The number one thing we have here in Congress is oversight responsibility,” Latta said. “And that’s what this hearing was today…was oversight.”
During the hearing, Latta asked Sebelius why the Web site was not tested better before the October 1st rollout. He said he thinks tough questions for Sebelius are an absolute must.
“One sixth of the economy is going to be controlled by one individual, and that’s the secretary of health and human services,” Latta said. “A non-elected individual. That’s why it’s so important that Congress does its job of oversight.”
Questions still remain about whether or not the Web site is secure, when it will be fully working, and how many people are actually using it.
The hearing and the media circus on Capitol Hill is over for today, but Senate leaders are already in the process of planning their own oversight hearings set for next week.