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.
Preview of Tonight's Final Presidential Debate
BOCA RATON, FL (WENY) -- This race is a dead heat. We're in the final quarter and the game is tied. Whatever happens tonight could decide who's going to win the presidential election.
President Obama and Mitt Romney started debating in a swing state; Colorado. Then jabs moved to a Red State - Kentucky. A Blue State - New York. Now Florida
"Florida is, I guess you could call it, a purple state," said Obama supporter, AJ Mercincavage.
"I'd argue that Florida isn't a swing state - it's going to go red," counters Mark Spiro, a Romney Supporter at Lynn University in Boca Raton.
The presidential candidates are fighting until the very end. But at the site of their last debate - the rivalry is a lot more friendly.
Mark Spiro is president of the College Republicans - he supports Mitt Romney. A.J. Mercincavage is voting for President Obama, even though he was a stand-in for Romney during preps inside the debate hall. They're both looking forward to the foreign policy showdown.
"I think it plays to Obama's strength having gotten Osama bin Laden and a lot of other terrorists. But I think it's probably the least partisan of the issues. I think they probably agree most in this debate," said Mercincavage.
"The president has four years experience of being leader of the free world. The governor can't compete with that. But what he has done is he's had businesses around the world, he knows how jobs move, he knows globalization, his experience with the Olympics bringing world communities together," said Spiro.
President Obama's top advisors tell us he's ready.
"The president promised to get out of Iraq. Did. Promised to start winding down Afghanistan. Did. Promised to hold our enemies accountable. Did. We have a very strong record on foreign policy and we look forward to that debate," said Jim Messina, Obama Campaign Manager.
But our nation's first Director of Homeland Security, Tom Ridge, is slamming what he calls the President's weak style.
"It's better to be respected than liked. This policy of trying to engage everybody in a conversation has failed miserably," Ridge explained.
Lynn University American studies professor Robert Watson thinks the foreign policy topic favors President Obama, but the sit down format gives Romney the advantage. Either way, only votes will propel one candidate ahead of the other in the final days of the election.
"At this point, there are so few undecideds left that a lot of these "undecideds" are in effect people who aren't going to vote, I think. But the base has to be turned out," said Robert Watson, American Studies Professor at Lynn University.
The pressure is on for the candidates to give their best performaces. The debate begins at 9PM.