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.
Painted Post Dissolution Vote
PAINTED POST-- [WENY] People who support dissolving and merging say it will save taxpayers 200 to 400 dollars a year, while retaining most services.
But others disagree, and say the numbers are old.
Supporters say if painted post is dissolved it will still have a police department and a voice in local government.
But,oponents say that's not enough.
Life-long residents came out in force to determine the village's destiny.
Many say they like things the way they are.
"It's just a nice little village the kind I always wanted to be in when I grew older, so I'm perfectly happy with it just like it is," said Omolee Tracy.
Many have gotten comfortable with they way things are and they don't want neighboring Erwin to have the ultimate say in how things go.
"In fact we would have no say what-so ever about the village and it would be up to Erwin and we would have to do what they tell us to," said Emma Cummings.
But, some see a dissolution as a good thing.
"I think it'll be good for us because it'll be lower taxes, we'll still have our police department, we'll have our fire department and we will be progressive in the area," said Dr. Margene Tichane.
But, that's not enough to convince Bob Cummings.
He says, "right now they're getting pretty well set on taxes, the whole works; I mean they've lowered them the past two years, so what can you lose?"
I was told more than a hundred people voted in the first hour, and absentee ballots can come in until the close of voting at 9:00 p.m.
We'll have the latest on the votes at 11:00 p.m.