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.
AHCA Presidential Race Implications
People are split about the Supreme Court’s decision. Most feel it will be good for the country. Others think it could cause more problems.
June 28, 2012
Twin Tiers (WENY) - People are split about the Supreme Court's decision. Most feel it will be good for the country. Others think it could cause more problems. Anita Norton From Orlando Florida feels that way.
“Forcing I don't like being forced to do anything, I like to make my own decisions. It would be nice to be able to have more input into it.”
Michael Ballok from Pine city sees both sides here.
“At least there’s insurance that will cover you or people that need it and that is what I though Obamacare was all about. If it gets to a point where they force people to buy it then I am not in agreement with that.”
News about the supreme court's decision to uphold the main piece of legislation in the affordable health act traveled fast. People on the street have mixed feelings, and are mostly uncertain about the law. Elmira college Political Science professor Dr. Jim Twombly says there could be changes to the law before it goes into affect in 2014, But for insured Americans there are no big changes.
“This doesn’t increase the tax burden on anyone who currently has health insurance. It's only those people who don't have insurance, that can afford it, and chose not to that are going to be taxed if they don’t get insurance by 2014,” says Twombly.
But before then, today's decision could have a big impact on the upcoming Presidential election.
“This looks like it has helped the Obama campaign at least in the short run. They can run on a program that the republicans can no longer attack as unconstitutional that portion has been decided they can only debate weather its good or bad policy. And there’s a lot that in the affordable health care act that the American people like,”
Twombly says he believes in order to make changes to the law, there has to be a republican majority in both houses.
AHCA Presidential Race Implications