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.
Washington remembers 9/11
WASHINGTON---(WENY) In our nation’s capital today, President Obama and members of Congress attended different ceremonies to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. Hundreds of lawmakers today took a break from the politically charged environment in Washington.
In a rare act of unity, Democrats and Republicans, congressmen and
senators sang “God Bless America” just as they did 12 years ago – to
remember the lives lost on September 11th 2001.
House and Senate leaders recalled their memories of that fateful day. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said, “They said, ‘You all have to leave. There’s a plane headed for the Capitol.’…It was a state of a lot of confusion. Staff and senators raced out these buildings.”
And, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell recalls his experience, “Far too many died on that terrible morning. To the thousands who were cruelly taken from us – we say again that you will never be forgotten.”
A few miles down the road at the Pentagon where 184 people died when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the side of the building, President Obama laid a wreath and spoke of the victims, the youngest of whom was only three-years-old.
During a speech, President Obama said, “Our hearts still ache for the futures snatched away…those beautiful boys and girls just beginning to find their way who today would be teenagers and young men and women.”
Local Congressman Tom Reed (R ) said diligence is key to making sure the American people are kept safe from potential terror threats.
"We should always be diligent. We have an obligation here in Washington to make sure American people and our national security concerns are protected. And every year, at the least, we should take the day and reflect on that obligation and make sure we work towards achieving that."