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.
Last Minute Shoppers
Just a few hours remain until Santa Claus comes to town, but local shoppers aren't ready just yet and saved their shopping until the last minute.
"I haven't bought anything yet I'm still debating on what to get my parents for Christmas," said Trevell Moore.
The parking lot and Arnot mall were pretty crowded for the day before Christmas and fortunately for many of these shoppers most stores were open until 5 p.m.
But, the number one question is, But, the number one question is, why did people wait until today?
“Well that's the only time we really had to go because we're pretty busy,” said Emma Byington.
“Well we didn't have time more often and this is one of the easiest times to get gifts,” said Cloie Simpson.
Many did wait until today, even though they know they should be getting done earlier.
“We say we're going to stop doing it, but we end up doing it anyway,” said Tiffany Schorpp.
However, some say, they have last minute shopping down to a system.
“One hour start to finish. I started this morning at 10:30 ended at 11:30,” said Arthur Malorzo.
He says he waited until last minute because “efficiency; it's the key to Christmas shopping.
While others, wait for the best deals around this time of year.
“Well because I'm a typical guy. You know, I always wait last minute cbecayse you can get the best deals on the last day,” said Tim Lee.