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.
Lawmakers Still Worried about New Healthcare Law
WASHINGTON D.C. (WENY) -- Thirty-nine percent of Americans now favor the health care reform law, known to many as Obamacare – that's according to a CNN/ORC Poll released this week. It's a four percent increase in approval since the poll was last conducted in December.
The survey also suggests 57 percent of people oppose the law, but that opposition isn't just coming from conservatives. According to the study, 12 percent of people oppose the law because it isn't liberal enough. The law has had its share of problems since it was introduced. There was the issue with the website roll-out, multiple delays in the implementation of the employer mandate, and more than 50 attempts by the Republican-controlled House of Representatives to repeal it. Congressman Tom Reed says even with the survey showing a small increase in approval rating, the people he's talking to are seeing negative effects from the law.
“The overwhelming response we're seeing from the district and across the country is the ACA is just not working," says Rep. Reed. "People repeatedly come up to me and say Obamacare just isn't working.”
The deadline for individuals to sign up for an insurance plan is fast approaching. As it stands now, you must sign up by March 31st or you could face a fine. . Newly released statistics say 4.2 million people have already enrolled in a plan. The Obama administration hopes to have 7 million enrolled by the end of the month.