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.
Romney Defends VP Pick, Washington Reacts
WASHINGTON, DC (WENY) -- Mitt Romney continued his bus tour of battleground states on Monday, two days after announcing his running mate -- Wisconsin congressman Paul Ryan.
It was love at first sight for both parties -- Republicans are enjoying touting his conservative spending plans. They're the same plans Democrats are eager to slam.
On Monday, Romney said he’s "delighted" to have Ryan as his running mate.
“[He's] a man who has proven that he knows how to solve problems. He did not just go to Washington to get involved in public service to try to make a name for himself,” said Romney.
But President Obama isn’t sharing the warm sentiment. Campaigning in Iowa, pushing for movement on the stalled Farm Bill, he said, "I am told that Governor Romney’s new running mate, Paul Ryan, might be around Iowa the next few days. He is one of the leaders of Congress standing in the way. So if you happen to see Congressman Ryan, tell him how important this Farm Bill is to Iowa and our rural communities.”
Democrats are criticizing Ryan's Medicare proposals, which includes a provision that Medicare-approved private insurers would one day compete with traditional Medicare. The proposal wouldn't affect Americans over age 55, but Democrats say the plan would hurt seniors.
“Mitt Romney’s full embrace of the Romney/Ryan budget by actually nominating and selecting its author and architect to be his running mate really spells disaster for the middle class and spells disaster for seniors," said Democratic National Committee chair, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.
Republicans call Ryan a "confident choice." They say he'll excite the conservative base and help win his home state of Wisconsin -- possibly even bring in votes from other Great Lakes states. Ryan has what Romney doesn’t – deep experience on Capitol Hill. He's a 13-year veteran congressman.
“We deserve to have a debate and the American people deserve to know the truth as to where we are at in this economy," said Republican National Committee chair Reince Prieubs. "What this shows the country is that Mitt Romney is willing to govern like he campaigned. It’s not enough to win, but we have to fix the problems that face this country."
Reaction is coming in from our local lawmakers in Washington and those running against them. Republican Congressman Tom Reed, who has worked alongside Ryan on the Ways and Means Committee says, “I believe that Gov. Romney’s bold selection will elevate the debate above petty personal attacks and illustrate the stark contrast between two very different visions for the future of the United States.”
Meanwhile, his Democratic challenger, Nate Shinagawa says, "Congressman Paul Ryan wrote the plan to end Medicare as we know it so that the private insurance companies funding their campaigns will profit while seniors will pay more for their health care."
Romney's bus tour continues in Ohio on Tuesday.