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.
Thompson Bill Aims to Expand Access to Veterans Health Care
His bill is called the Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act – VETS Act for short. He says telemedicine is a great way to help treat vets who are struggling with mental health conditions.
“It really came out of my discussions with my son who’s in the Army when he was telling me about some of his friends that had committed suicide following a return from a deployment,” explained Thompson.
Thompson says right now, VA health care professionals who use telemedicine have to be licensed in the state they reside in and in the state where the veterans they’re treating live.
“That’s almost impossible. That’s so cumbersome, and it limits the amount of providers out there to provide the care that these men and women have earned and deserve. And my bill addresses that,” said Thompson.
Thompson says his VETS Act makes telemedicine more cost effective too. Thompson says he’s proud he can use his professional experience in the health care field to help make a difference in the lives of those who’ve served our country.
“It’s an honor to be working with the frontline service members like my son and daughter-in-law, but also the command at the Pentagon who’ve been wonderful to work with on these types of issues,” he said.
The VETS Act already has bipartisan support. In fact, Thompson introduced the bill alongside Democratic Congressman Charlie Rangel of New York City.