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.
Hillary Clinton Announces Support for Gay Marriage
WASHINGTON (AP) - The potential Democratic presidential candidates who support gay marriage now include Hillary Rodham Clinton.
The former first lady and Secretary of State made the announcement in an online video released today by the gay rights advocacy group Human Rights Campaign. She says in the video that gays and lesbians are "full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship."
The announcement is certain to fuel the speculation that she's considering another run for president in 2016. Other possible contenders -- including Vice President Joe Biden, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley -- support the right of same-sex couples to marry.
The White House is welcoming Clinton's announcement, saying it means that her views on the issue are now in line with those of President Barack Obama. During the 2008 campaign, both Democrats supported civil unions for gay couples, but not same-sex marriage. In the lead-up to last year's election, Obama announced his support for gay marriage.
The GOP officially opposes gay marriage, through several high profile Republicans have publicly supported the right of same-sex couples to wed. On Friday, Republican Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio became the first Republican senator to announce his support for gay marriage, saying he'd had a change of heart after learning that his son is gay.
To watch the video, click here: http://action.hrc.org/site/PageServer?pagename=watch