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.
Sen. Toomey Impatient with Delay on JOBS Act
WASHINGTON, DC (WENY) -- It’s been more than a year since President Obama signed a bipartisan bill into law designed to help grow the economy.
But one local lawmaker says key provisions still haven’t gone into effect, and he wants answers. President Obama signed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act – a.k.a. JOBS Act – into law last April.
The JOBS Act is supposed to help small businesses raise the capital they need to keep growing. But more than a year later, Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey says not much has happened.
“This is taking too long…The SEC is responsible for writing the rules and implementing the law. But they haven’t done it. So companies aren’t able to take advantage of the ability we’re trying to afford them to raise capital more easily," said Sen. Toomey, (R - Pennsylvania).
Toomey has written a letter to SEC Chair Mary Jo White, urging the agency to implement a key provision -- known as Section 201 --that removes a roadblock for businesses seeking to attract capital from accredited investors across the country.
“The SEC has excuses – they had some turnover. The old chair left and a new one came in and that’s a little disruptive. OK, it’s time to get this work done. Parts of these changes are really simple and easy. The SEC needs to get this work done because it’s going to create more jobs," Toomey said.
As for the SEC, it has proposed rules to implement that provision of the JOBS Act. But the commission has yet to finalize those rules, and so far, no date has been set to do so.