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.
House Raises Debt Ceiling, Passes "No Budet, No Pay" Measure
WASHINGTON, DC (WENY) -- No budget, no pay." That's what House Republicans dubbed their bill to temporarily increase the debt ceiling. It passed with bipartisan support today.
The final vote came out 285-144 with Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed and Northern Tier Congressmen Glenn Thompson and Tom Marino all voting in favor of it.
With the country's debt limit set to expire, House leaders had to make a decision - raise the debt ceiling or risk defaulting on loans and possibly another downgrade in the country's credit rating.
"We're between the devil and the deep blue sea on here…."I'm holding my nose and biting my tongue, and voting to increase the debt ceiling," said Rep. Marino (PA 10th).
A temporary extension - until May. But, there's one big BUT.
"We're saying, we'll extend this. But in return, you folks in the Senate are going to either vote for our budget or come up with your own," Rep. Marino said.
And there's more - Republicans say if no budget is passed, no one in Congress should get paid. According to the House Republican Leader's office, the Senate hasn't passed a budget in 1,365 days - something Marino says is the primary responsibility of Congress.
"Not many people in this country make $174,500 a year. For making that kind of money, we better step up to the plate and do what has to be done," he explained.
House Republicans came up with the "no budget, no pay" plan at their annual conference in Virginia last week. House Democratic leaders call the GOP's plan a "short-term gimmick."
"How else are we going to force the Senate to do its job?" Marino replied.
The "no budget, no pay" bill is expected to pass the Senate, and the White House says it will not block it. Meanwhile, Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray today promised a, quote, "pro-growth, pro-middle-class" budget this year.
Besides the debt limit, the country still faces two big fiscal deadlines - the sequester and the continuing resolution, which, if allowed to expire, could cause a partial government shutdown.