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.
Rep. Marino Introduces "One Subject" Bill
WASHINGTON, DC (WENY) -- It's the way business has been done in Washington for years; a bundle of several pieces of legislation included in one package. That's caused Pennsylvania congressman Tom Marino and his colleagues to have to make some tough decisions.
"Now I have to look at that and say, I don't agree with part of it, but I do agree with some of it. So now I have to decide what's the lesser of two evils," explained Marino, (R - PA 5th District).
So Marino has introduced a bill called "One Subject at a Time." It's pretty much what it sounds like. Marino wants legislation to cover only on issue at a time, so it could be considered on its own merits.
"This way, the American people know who submitted the legislation, just exactly what it is - and it doesn't have to be multi-pages. And more importantly, they know where we stand. They know how we voted on this single piece of legislation," Marino said.
"It helps to make a point; it helps to illustrate the problem. So it accomplishes that good. But getting it enacted is a whole different issue," explained Ernest Istook of The Heritage Foundation.
Istook would know…he's a former Republican congressman from Texas.
"Unless you actually incorporate this into a Constitutional amendment, you cannot bind the U.S. Congress with a requirement like that," Istook said.
Marino knows he's fighting an uphill battle, but he says he's getting increased support. He actually introduced the One Subject at a Time bill in the last Congress too, but it was never brought up for a vote.