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.
Heightened Security In Washington
WASHINGTON---(WENY) Security has been heightened at landmarks throughout our nation's capital, including the Capitol Building, which itself was put on lockdown Monday afternoon. The Senate was also put on lockdown as a security precaution. There's no word yet on when that might be lifted. Everyone from the president to members of Congress are speaking out about this mass shooting tragedy.
Police swarmed the navy yard - located in Southeast Washington DC - shortly after 8:15 Monday morning for reports of a shooting there. Little would they know, hours later, at least a dozen would be confirmed dead.
President Obama appeared at a previously scheduled press conference to discuss the five-year anniversary of the recession. He said he was briefed about the situation, and called for a "seamless investigation" so that federal and local officials can work together. The President said, "We are confronting yet another mass shooting and today it happened on a military installation in our nation's capitol. It's a shooting that targeted our military and civilian personnel. These are men and women going to work, doing their job protecting all of us."
There was a heightened security presence throughout Washington. At the Capitol Building, extra police officers patrolled the grounds.
House and Senate office buildings were open most of the day. The Senate was scheduled to return to work this afternoon, but then Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took the floor to make these brief remarks, "In light of the events at the Navy Yard, we've decided to recess the Senate until tomorrow morning."
Many members of Congress took to social media to respond to the shootings. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand tweeted, "My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of today's tragic Navy Yard shooting and their families."
And Congressman Tom Reed released this statement, "As we continue to follow developments in Washington, D.C. at the Navy Yard, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and all those impacted by the senseless violence. As always, we thank our first responders and law enforcement personnel on the scene today."
The House and Senate are scheduled to be back in session tomorrow.