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.
Obama addresses health care site issues
WASHINGTON, D.C. (10/21/2013) - The government shutdown may be over, but that isn’t stopping Republicans from continuing to pounce on the Affordable Care Act, the main sticking point that led to the 16-day shutdown.
“I think it’s just been an awful experience for folks trying to get on that site,” said Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA).
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) agrees.
"It's been a fiasco. Send Air Force One out to Silicon Valley, load it up with smart people, bring it back to Washington, and fix this problem,” he said.
Both are referring to healthcare.gov, the Web site that launched October 1st, where people can browse and purchase health insurance plans.
Even House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi admitted there are problems.
“What has happened is unacceptable in terms of the glitches,” Pelosi said. “They were overwhelmed to begin with. There’s much that needs to be done to correct the situation.”
Today, surrounded by consumers, small business owners, and pharmacists, President Obama addressed the issue.
"There's no sugarcoating it,” Obama said. The Web site has been too slow, people have been getting stuck during the application process.”
The president said despite the problems, thousands of people have successfully signed up. He also pointed out that the plan is only three weeks into a six-month enrollment period.
“The product is good. The health insurance that's being provided is good. It's high quality and it's affordable,” Obama said.
Though the president has promised the glitches will be fixed, it likely will not stop the GOP from continuing their anti-Obamacare crusade.
“There's no doubt that in the short term, Ted Cruz had led a movement in the Senate in Congress that has damaged the Republican party, and frankly, will be strengthening the Democrats in terms of recruitment and fundraising over the next few months,” said Stu Rothenberg, of Rothenberg Political Report.
Ron Bonjean, a Republican strategist, agrees.
“I don't think donors have made up their minds just yet, but clearly they're not going to bring out their checkbooks to help the Republican Party, if they keep engaging in failure,” he said.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee asked Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to testify about the Web site glitches later this week.
Sebelius can’t make it, citing the short-term scheduling of the hearing, infuriating Republicans even more.