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.
Tag, you’re it! Senate passes spending bill back to House
WASHINGTON, D.C. (09/27/2013) - The U.S. Senate Friday voted right down party lines, and passed a continuing resolution – the C.R. -- to fund the government for the next few months.
It’s a so-called “clean” bill, meaning it does not include the defunding of the Affordable Care Act, which is what the House did last week.
The House wrapped up at 11:15 Friday morning, but will return at 10 a.m. Saturday to consider the bill the Senate passed.
What’s unclear is what will happen next. Senate Democrats say the ball’s in the House’s court.
“I think there are some in the Republican Caucus in the House and the Senate that actually want it to shut down. This isn’t just a result that will flow from their actions, they actually want it to shut down,” said Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA). “So far, some of them have put their ideology ahead of having a functioning, operating government.
House Republicans say they already passed a responsible continuing resolution, which also defunds Obamacare, a program they say isn’t working and the American people don’t want it.
There are several options the House can take now, including a spending bill that wouldn’t defund Obamacare, but rather, delay its implementation.
“To me, [delaying Obamcare] is very reasonable, and I think there are a lot of folks interested in that delay, and making sure we treat everyone fairly and equally. Let the president explain to the American people why he, by executive order, said businesses are going to be exempt from this law for one year. Why then aren’t individuals? That doesn’t make any sense to me,” said Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY).
We could see a back-and-forth all weekend. If the two houses can’t come up with an agreement by Tuesday, the federal government will shut down, meaning only essential employees will be allowed to come to work.