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.
Labor Day: State Of The Unions
STATEWIDE (WENY) - Labor Day is a celebration that was first promoted by two labor unions back in the early 1800s.
Labor Union membership in the United States makes up just over 11%. But in New York State, It's more than twice that size and it's growing.
24.4% and It's the highest in the Nation. With close to 2 million union members, New York State is well above the nation's average of a little more than 11%.
So what exactly does a labor union provide for its members?
"Right now, anyone could be fired because I don't like the way you look today," said Pete Meyers, Director of Tompkins County Workers' Center. "It's called At Will employment. New York Is an At Will employment state. In a union setting you have to be fired for just cause."
Meyers works with local unions to organize workplaces; Pushing for higher pay and work security.
But he is well aware many don't agree with the idea but he says those organized in a union make 35% more.
"So even if you have to pay union fees it's probably not going to be more than $15, $20 more and if you're making 100 more dollars it doesn't make any sense why you wouldn't want to be in the union," said Meyers.
And because New York is not a Right To Work State, people who work at union shops, who may not want to join the union, are still forced to pay dues and fees... Both Part time and Full time.
"Millions of Americans are still compelled to pay dues or fees to union officials as a condition of getting or keeping a job," said Mark Mix, President of Right to work. "And millions more workers are required by law to except a unions, so called representation even if they would rather negotiate with an employer on their own merits."
According to Mark Mix of the National Right to work, union officials spend billions of dollars of worker's dues on politics, whether the worker agrees with the issues or the politicians the unions support.
Members of National Right To Work are pushing for an act that would make union dues and fees voluntary nationwide.