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.
Obamacare Web site launcher finally speaks
WASHINGTON, D.C. (10/23/2013) – It was the call for resignation heard across the country. After weeks of complaints by Republicans and Democrats, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius finally spoke out about the glitches on the Affordable Care Act Web site.
When asked whether or not she should resign, Sebelius said, “What I talked about is the job I came here to do. This is the most important job I’ve done in my life.”
Sebelius dodged the question when she spoke out on CNN last night, three weeks after the federal health care exchange site launched.
But Sebelius is confident in the site.
“Thousands of people have signed up. They’re getting through every day. It’s not where we need it to be. It isn’t as smooth as we want it to be for the volume of people who want this product,” Sebelius said.
According to CNN, the Web site crashed during a test-run a few days before the launch. Sebelius said the product is still working.
“There are people in this country who’ve waited decades for affordable health coverage…What’s clear is we have a product. The product really works. We’ve created a market where there wasn’t a market,” Sebelius said.
Today, Democratic and Republican House leaders were asked about the problems.
“There is certainly accountability internally in terms of what decisions were made when on all of this, but I think that our focus and energy should be used to fix it,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D).
And even John Boehner (R), speaker of the House, agreed.
“I think the biggest part of Congress' job is to provide proper oversight of the executive branch of government…and when it comes to Obamacare, clearly there's an awful lot that needs to be held accountable,” Boehner said.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold two hearings to discuss the issues surrounding the implementation of Obamacare, including the website. One is scheduled for Thursday morning, another next Wednesday when Secretary Sebelius will attend.