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.
Who Will Romney Choose As His VP?
WASHINGTON, DC (WENY) -- We are just 17 days away from the start of the Republican National Convention, and everyone wants to know who will be on that stage in Tampa as Mitt Romney’s running mate.
Romney isn’t giving away his VP secret just yet.
“I will absolutely decide and announce my running mate before the third day of the Republican Convention in August, but other than that I have nothing for you,” Romney told a crowd of supporters.
This week, the Republican National Committee announced a list of convention headline speakers. Those people likely won’t be the VP pick: South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, former Secretary of State Condoleezza rice, Florida Governor Rick Scott, and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.
So, who’s left? The four names at the top of the list are Senators Rob Portman of Ohio and Marco Rubio of Florida, Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, and former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty.
In Ohio this week, a Portman supporter couldn’t help but ask the senator the question, but Portman’s response has been the same time and again.
“I'm in the Senate- I just got elected two years ago. I think that's where I'm going to end up staying,” said Portman.
Pawlenty says it’s honor to be considered.
“The main issue here isn’t the VP process or who’s going to be VP. The main issue is what are we going to do to get this country and this economy moving again, and provide jobs for people,” said Pawlenty.
Political analysts say Romney will go for someone who can bring a piece of the Republican base along with them. Whatever he’s looking for - there’s only one way to find out Romney’s VP pick – hurry up and wait!
Romney kicks off a bus tour Saturday in Virginia. He will then travel to North Carolina, Florida, and Ohio.
The Romney campaign has launched an iPhone app called “Mitt’s VP,” which will alert users to his pick via push notification.