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: Wrap-up of Thursday’s shooting incident
WASHINGTON, D.C. (10/03/2013) – It is quiet on Capitol Hill Thursday night, after a chaotic day that included gun shots and a car chase.
Around 2:30 p.m., this message was played on the emergency public address system for all inside the Capitol building:
"This is an emergency message from the U.S. Capitol Police. There is a report of gunfire on Capitol Hill. If you're in an office building, shelter in place. Close, lock, and move away from the doors and windows. If you're outside the office buildings, seek cover away from the area. Additional information will follow."
The lock down was lifted after about a half hour.
One of the people outside during all the chaos was Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), who was told to hide behind a car.
The senator said he heard five shots. Then, he saw people getting down on the ground across the street. That's when he hid behind a car until Capitol Police told him to get back inside the Capitol.
"Sort of chaos breaks out," Brown said. "I never really thought our lives were threatened, but the police officers were running by and shouting, ‘Duck' and ‘Get Back' and ‘Get Down.' It obviously gets your attention. We saw a police officer on a motorcycle go up the sidewalk, and that's when we knew it was more serious than a presidential or vice-presidential motorcade."
However, Brown said he still feels safe inside the Capitol.
"Absolutely. I feel safe in my state, and I feel safe here. Absolutely," he said.
After Thursday's shooting incident, members of Congress went back to work and the lock down was lifted shortly after.