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.
A Political Chess Move?
Obama’s Political Chess Game
May 10, 2012
Twin Tiers (WENY) - President Barack Obama does something no other sitting president in American history has ever done by announcing his support for same sex marriage. President Obama made history by announcing support for same sex marriage, but some say the move is strictly symbolic; an effort to solidify his stance before the 2012 presidential race kicks into high gear. In business timing is everything, and in politics its no different, but is this the right time? When Obama was a state senator in Illinois, he openly supported same sex marriage, then after he entered national politics, he backed off the issue, saying his stance was evolving. Elmira Political Science Professor, Jim Twombly, believes yesterdays announcement was a political chess move. Obama's goal was to fire up his democratic supporters, isolate Mitt Romney as a social conservative, and try to bring in a new crop of young voters. The newest crop of student voters has been disconnected, and the president's announcement was one way to stir up passion.
“A president coming out and making this statement is purely symbolic politics its really saying where he is in respect to other voters in the electorate and to use this particular statement of disposition to motivate a certain demographic group,” says Twombly.
Same sex marriage is a state issue and the President doesn't have any power to make legal change.