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.
New York Delegates Excited at RNC
TAMPA, FL (WENY) -- Today, the New York delegation at the Republican Convention was treated to a special event at the spring training home of the New York Yankees.
Today's session began at 2:00 - a little earlier than as originally scheduled in order to accommodate procedures and speakers that were bumped Monday after that session was postponed due to the threat of Isaac.
"We walked in, and the first thing I saw when we got here was Bucky Dent. I got an autograph and a picture. It was a big thrill. I'm a big fan of his," said New York Delegate Guest Jeff Cleary of Saratoga, who's also a big Yankees fan.
He jumped on the opportunity to visit Steinbrenner Stadium - the spring training home of the Bronx Bombers. Cleary, and other members of the New York and Connecticut delegations, even got to hit a few balls at home plate.
"I haven't batted a ball in over 40 years, but I'm going to do it!" joked Shirley Davis, a New York Delegate guest.
She says the election, and what the New York delegation came to Tampa to do isn't far from her mind. She says Republicans will be united behind Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan at the roll call vote tonight.
"We're going to fix this nation, and I have all the faith and confidence that this businessman with high integrity can do it," Davis said.
"I'm certainly looking forward to Mitt Romney's speech. It's really going to send us off for the rest of the campaign charged up," said Cleary.
The delegates held their roll call vote early this evening, officially nominating Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan as the GOP ticket to challenge Barack Obama and Joe Biden.
Tonight, they're in store for an all-star cast of speakers including former presidential rival Rick Santorum, Mitt Romney's wife Ann, and the keynote speaker - New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.