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.
U.S. Lawmakers Approve Aid Package for Ukraine
WASHINGTON D.C. (WENY) -- With the growing unrest in Ukraine, U.S. lawmakers approved an aid package to provide assistance to the country. Congress passed the aid package which would provide up to $1 billion in loan guarantees to help stabilize Ukraine's economy.
It also provides $150 million in direct assistance. The legislation, which passed with overwhelming, bi-partisan support, solidifies sanctions the Obama administration has already imposed on Russian officials for their involvement.
Ukraine is a nation of 46 million people. It's been struggling to regain stability since its pro-Russia President was removed two months ago. Ukraine officials say the country needs $35 billion over the next two years to avoid default.
New York Congressman Tom Reed says this aid package gives the right message to the people who are suffering.
"We've been supportive of sending the message to Ukraine that we're going to stand with them - as they deal with this terrible situation that Russia is putting them through, we also want to send a clear message to our NATO allies that we will stand with them."
The Obama Administration welcomed Congress' aid package. But some lawmakers want the President to do even more, and impose additional economic sanctions - or even target Russia's energy industry.