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.
Toys R Us to Open at 5pm Thanksgiving Day
(AP) -- Toy shoppers, forget about relaxing after a big Thanksgiving meal.
Toys R Us is pushing back its opening time for the fifth year in a row, opening doors at 5 p.m. nationwide on Nov. 28, Thanksgiving Day, three hours before its 8 p.m. opening last year.
Traditionally, the Friday after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday, is one of the biggest shopping days of the year as retailers open up in early morning hours and Americans gear up for the holiday season. But over the past several years retailers ranging from Toys R Us to Macy's have pushed opening times earlier and earlier into Thanksgiving itself. This year, Macy's, J.C. Penney, Kohl's and others have announced opening hours on Thanksgiving evening.
The retailers say it's what customers want, but they are also trying to grab as many dollars as they can during the key holiday season, which can account for anywhere from 20 percent to 40 percent of annual revenue. Even as the U.S. job and housing markets improve, shoppers have scaled back because they are uncertain about the future.
There's also more pressure on retailers this year because the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas is six days shorter than in 2012.
Overall, The National Retail Federation, the nation's largest retail trade group, expects an increase of 3.9 percent in sales for the November-December period, up from 3.5 percent last year.
Privately held Toys R Us is offering a bounty of doorbuster specials to lure customers in on Thanksgiving, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., while supplies last.
A complete list of doorbusters will be found in Wayne, N.J.-based Toys R Us' Thanksgiving circular found in newspapers beginning Wed., Nov. 27.